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Syrian refugees see glimmer of hope in Trump’s policy shift

For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when …


George Critchlow: Turkey’s refugee policy puts U.S. to shame

Turkey’s willingness to open its borders to millions of refugees and commit scarce national resources to their well-being is remarkable.


Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark, group reports

The number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of civil war has surpassed the 5-million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.


Trump’s travel ban could remain blocked for weeks

A federal appeals court said Thursday that it would hear arguments in early May over the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling against its travel ban, potentially leaving …


Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced …


More than 6,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean amid surge on dangerous sea route

More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Europe, an official said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly strike on boat

Somalia’s government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday’s attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault …


US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban

The government is asking a federal judge to clarify his order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, arguing it shouldn’t apply to a global freeze on refugees entering the …


Maryland to join Washington’s lawsuit against Trump travel ban

Maryland’s attorney general says he plans to use newfound power to sue the federal government by joining a Washington state lawsuit trying to upend President Donald Trump’s new travel ban.


‘Cries From Syria’ is an unsparing, must-see documentary

Director Evgeny Afineevsky hopes his new documentary, “Cries From Syria,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on HBO, can revive our collective sympathy.


Between Trump orders, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane

In the month since a federal court ruling halted President Donald Trump’s ban on refugee admissions, about 60 refugees settled in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:24 p.m.

Here’s how Trump’s new order on refugees and immigration differs from the first

President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday temporarily banning new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim countries. Here’s what you need to know.


DHS intel report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the …


Amy Goodman: Remember the lesson of Anne Frank

At least 69 bomb threats have been directed at 54 Jewish Community Centers across the United States since the inauguration.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers discusses refugees, meets privately with constituents on health care in district visit

Amid calls for her to appear publicly at a town hall event, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers discussed refugee issues with service groups and held a closed-door meeting with a handful …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

World Relief to lay off 140 staff, close five locations, citing Trump refugee order

One of the nine organizations that works with the United Nation’s refugee program announced Wednesday it will lay off about 140 staff and close five offices that have resettled more …


World Relief hosts world music concert to benefit refugees

World Relief Spokane will host a benefit concert Friday to showcase music from around the world while raising funds for their work supporting refugees.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Refugees share their stories at packed Spokane rally

After a week in which President Donald Trump tweeted about


Travel controversy a proud moment for Washington

If this was simply a way to follow through on a long-ago campaign promise to impose a moratorium of sorts on Muslims entering the country, then we can be thankful …


Holly Pickett: Fear-based policy walls off our humanity

Some of the bravest, smartest, most wonderful people I know happen to be Muslim. Some are refugees. Some are from the seven nations cited in the travel ban. All are …


Trump travel ban cost $185 million in bookings, report says

Officials with the Global Business Travel Association say roughly $185 million in business travel bookings were lost in the week following President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and people …


U.S. officials stop vetting Nauru refugees for resettlement

U.S. officials stopped screening refugees held on Nauru for potential resettlement in the United States this week but will return to the Pacific atoll to continue working toward a deal …


U.S. accused of refusing detainee list as travel cases mount

The U.S. government is refusing to comply with a court order to identify people who were stopped at airports under President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven countries, lawyers …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 11:25 a.m.

UN: Number of Burundian refugees to reach 500,000 this year

The number of Burundians fleeing political violence is expected to reach 500,000 this year, and the United Nations is seeking more land for refugee camps in neighboring countries, the U.N. …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Seattle judge who stalled Trump ban is a highly regarded Republican appointee

The federal judge who stopped President Donald Trump’s travel ban is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind and past volunteer work for refugees.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he agrees with President Donald Trump that persecuted Christians should be treated as priority in the U.S. refugee program despite acknowledging that such preference is …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Federal judge in Seattle halts Trump immigration order

A federal judge in Seattle halted major portions of President Trump’s immigration restrictions Friday afternoon.


Chaotic directive jeopardizes American values

We all want safety, but we don’t want to surrender the compassion that has shaped our nation’s character. It’s not too late to take a more thoughtful approach.


Immigration order playing well to Trump’s fans around nation

President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

U.S. official says 872 refugees to be allowed in

Nearly 900 refugees will be allowed into the United States this week despite President Donald Trump’s order suspending the U.S. refugees program, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.