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Guest Opinion: Megan J. Ballard: Trump’s refugee rationale is a ruse

Reducing refugee admissions to a trickle is not justified by humanitarian concerns nor is it in the national interest.


Eye on Boise: Record suggests Risch could surprise

What might Idaho Sen. Jim Risch be like as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress? Jim Weatherby, BSU professor emeritus and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to halt anti-Rohingya operations

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Trump plans to slash U.S. refugee admissions

The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than …


Trump administration considering even lower refugee limits

President Donald Trump is considering a further reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States as the administration works to re-shape American immigration policy, officials said Wednesday.


From Rwanda to Spokane: Couple reunified after two years apart

Khalfani Ramadani and his wife, Josephine, were reunified in Spokane this week. It was the first time they’d seen each other in the two years since Ramadani came to the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Congo forces shoot dead at least 18 Burundi refugees: UN

Congolese forces have shot and killed at least 18 Burundian refugees near Burundi’s border, officials said Saturday.


370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens

The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar has now topped 370,000, a crisis that the United Nations human rights chief called “a textbook example of ethnic …


Supreme Court agrees to temporary block on new refugees

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted a request from Trump administration lawyers Monday and temporarily blocked a 9th Circuit Court order that would have allowed more refugees to enter the United …


In the hands of homeless teens and refugees, cameras offer a different view of Spokane in Terrain’s ‘Snapshot’ exhibit

Does art have the power to soften hostility? Can pictures provide a window for understanding?


Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp

In a corner of a room in a sprawling expanse of squalid shanties and tents, Zahida Begum holds in her arms the tiny boy she gave birth to just hours …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Migrants still risking Mediterranean’s perils as rescues dip

While the number of Europe-bound migrants rescued on the main Mediterranean Sea route has dropped off dramatically this summer, hundreds are still risking their lives in hopes of reaching Italy …


Aid groups struggle as more Rohingya flood into Bangladesh

Aid agencies were struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived hungry and terrified after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar – …


Europe still ‘hasn’t done homework’ on refugees, German leader says

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago and that Europe hasn’t done enough to develop long-term …


Libya says boats carrying 700 migrants have been intercepted

Libya’s navy says it has intercepted and brought to shore vessels carrying nearly 700 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe over the past two days.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

Half of trapped Raqqa population are children, U.N. official says

Half of the estimated 20,000 people trapped in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa are children, an official with the U.N. children’s agency said Friday, describing the traumatizing experiences of children …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Gonzaga language program for ESL students grows in popularity

The Gonzaga Summer Language Program wrapped up its 19th year on Friday. The program, which teaches English-language skills to children and adults from immigrant and refugee communities, faces the challenges …


13,000 girls in Germany at risk of genital mutilation following refugee influx, report warns

After taking in more refugees than any other European nation over the last three years, German doctors and activists warn that inhumane traditions with foreign origins are on the rise. …


Feds appeal judge’s travel ban ruling to Supreme Court

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Judge grants Hawaii’s request on refugees, expands list of relatives exempted from travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid President Donald Trump’s travel …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Trump’s first six months saw a sharp drop in Muslim refugees entering the US

The Trump administration insists that the restrictions on immigration it proposed shortly after the president took office was not meant to be an implementation of his infamous campaign-trail call for …


U.S. exceeds cap on refugees as resettlement agencies brace for slowdown

The United States surpassed the Trump administration’s 50,000-person cap on refugee admissions Wednesday as a group of about 160 people landed in airports across the country to begin new lives.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017

Trump’s travel ban meets law of unintended consequences

President Donald Trump says his travel restrictions are aimed at keeping the U.S. safe from radical Islamic terrorism, while critics accuse him of imposing a Muslim ban. Whatever the short-term …


As thousands seek safe havens, migrant pressures grow in Europe

Italy’s leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy’s shores is putting his country under enormous …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

U.S. sets new visa rules for six mainly Muslim nations, refugees

The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Idaho Rep. Labrador’s bill to limit refugee resettlement clears House panel on party-line vote

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador’s legislation to limit refugee resettlement cleared the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a 15-11 party-line vote, after Democrats on the panel criticized the measure as heartless …


South Sudanese refugees grapple with honoring their dead

The cemetery for South Sudanese refugees lies between two streams that flood when the rains come, leaving debris scattered across the otherwise unmarked graves. Some people reach safety in the …


UN: Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year

The number of people displaced from their homes across the world climbed slightly to 65.6 million last year, with the escalating conflict in South Sudan accounting for the rise, the …


UN believes up to 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul

The U.N. humanitarian chief in Iraq says the United Nations believes between 120,000 and 150,000 civilians are trapped in Mosul’s Old City, where Islamic State extremists want to keep them …


European Union to launch action against 3 countries over refugee plan

The European Union warned the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland on Tuesday that they have 24 hours to start taking in refugees under an EU sharing plan or face legal …