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north dakota official faces recall threat for refugee claims


fargo, n.d. — supporters of refugee resettlement in north dakota's largest city are trying to recall a city commissioner who says fargo spends too much on the program and speculated that immigration has led to increased crime.dave piepkorn (pep'-korn) says he has many backers, but his words have upset people in the immigrant community already worried about president donald trump's focus on blocking and deporting more refugees.piepkorn has vowed to uncover "every penny" spent on refugee resettlement, which he suspects costs fargo millions of dollars.a representative for the agency that runs the program says the city spent just $500 on the program last year.the state has resettled an average of 450 refugees per year in the past decade, mostly in the fargo area.






fargo commissioner faces recall threat for refugee claims


fargo, n.d. — a firebrand commissioner in fargo wondered out loud during a council meeting last september how much money north dakota's largest city was spending on its decades-old refugee resettlement program, comments he has since backed up with speculation linking immigration to crime.dave piepkorn's words have resonated for some, especially during donald trump's presidential campaign when the republican candidate promised to build a wall along america's border with mexico. but piepkorn's comments have also struck fear into fargo's diverse immigrant community, already concerned that the administration's focus on blocking and deporting more refugees could tear families apart."fargo is a welcoming city and dave piepkorn is not supporting diversity," said abdiwali sharif, a somali refugee






north dakota official faces recall threat for refugee claims


fargo, n.d. (ap) — a firebrand commissioner in fargo wondered out loud during a council meeting last september how much money north dakota’s largest city was spending on its decades-old refugee resettlement program, comments he has since backed up with speculation linking immigration to crime.dave piepkorn’s words have resonated for some, especially during donald trump’s presidential campaign when the republican candidate promised to build a wall along america’s border with mexico. but piepkorn’s comments have also struck fear into fargo’s diverse immigrant community, already concerned that the administration’s focus on blocking and deporting more refugees could tear families apart.“fargo is a welcoming city and dave piepkorn is not supporting diversity,” said abdiwali sharif, a somali ref






refugee resettlement costs rise but small part of minn. welfare


minnesota chips in generously to help refugees adjust to life in the united states, but these costs make up a small fraction of the overall tab for public assistance programs.data the state compiled for the star tribune show that minnesota spent more than $180 million in state and federal dollars on cash, food and medical assistance for refugees in 2015, the most recent period available. that’s up 15 percent from five years ago but still less than 2 percent of total expenses for these programs. for state-subsidized child care, however, refugee communities have come to account for more than a quarter of costs.“in the short term, resettlement can be a very fiscally intensive exercise because of the kinds of needs refugees bring,” said ryan allen, an expert on resettlement at the university o






refugee resettlement costs rise but small part of minn. welfare


minnesota chips in generously to help refugees adjust to life in the united states, but these costs make up a small fraction of the overall tab for public assistance programs.data the state compiled for the star tribune show that minnesota spent more than $180 million in state and federal dollars on cash, food and medical assistance for refugees in 2015, the most recent period available. that’s up 15 percent from five years ago but still less than 2 percent of total expenses for these programs. for state-subsidized child care, however, refugee communities have come to account for more than a quarter of costs.“in the short term, resettlement can be a very fiscally intensive exercise because of the kinds of needs refugees bring,” said ryan allen, an expert on resettlement at the university o






refugee resettlement costs rise but small part of minn. welfare


minnesota chips in generously to help refugees adjust to life in the united states, but these costs make up a small fraction of the overall tab for public assistance programs.data the state compiled for the star tribune show that minnesota spent more than $180 million in state and federal dollars on cash, food and medical assistance for refugees in 2015, the most recent period available. that's up 15 percent from five years ago but still less than 2 percent of total expenses for these programs. for state-subsidized child care, however, refugee communities have come to account for more than a quarter of costs."in the short term, resettlement can be a very fiscally intensive exercise because of the kinds of needs refugees bring," said ryan allen, an expert on resettlement at the university o






tennessee sues federal government over refugee resettlement


nashville, tenn. — the state of tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of its refugee resettlement program.the lawsuit, which was filed monday by the tennessee general assembly, argues that the program is forcing the state to spend money on additional services for refugees, such as health care and education.the litigation, which does not have the backing of tennessee republican gov. bill haslam or state attorney general herbert slatery, outraged advocates for refugees.the lawsuit accuses the government of "commandeering state money" by coercing the state to pay for costs of the refugees by threatening tennessee with cutting off $7 billion worth of medicaid funding."the state funds commandeered to support the federal government's refug






revised u.s. travel ban leaves syrians confused, yet hopeful


amman, jordan (ap) — it’s been an emotional roller coaster for mahmoud mansour and his family, syrian refugees tapped for possible resettlement to the united states, since president donald trump issued his first travel ban six weeks ago.the original ban, which barred syrian refugees from the u.s. until further notice, devastated mansour’s family of six, which has been undergoing security vetting ahead of resettlement for the past year.the revised ban, signed monday, no longer singles out displaced syrians, but suspends the entire refugee program for four months to allow for a security review. trump also reduced the maximum global number of refugees the u.s. is willing to absorb in 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000.mansour, an artisan who embroiders traditional dresses, said he is confused about






refugees in indonesia protest slow un resettlement process


jakarta, indonesia — asylum seekers in indonesia have staged a protest in the capital urging the u.n. refugee agency to speed up the process of resettling them in third countries.dozens of people from war-torn countries including afghanistan, iraq, sudan and somalia who have been in indonesia for years called on the unhcr to accelerate their resettlement. they waved banners reading "refugees are human" and "save us" during monday's rally at the unhcr office in jakarta.indonesia is home to nearly 14,000 men, women and children seeking resettlement in other countries, according to unhcr. about 7,500 have been recognized as refugees, but last year just 610 were resettled in other countries such as the united states and canada.






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump's refugee ban


amman, jordan — jordan's king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn't among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jordan






what we know (and what we don't) about resettlement-related costs


for many state and federal programs in minnesota, little or no data exist to estimate costs of refugee resettlement. others do offer some answers.cash, food and medical assistancethe state tracks refugee participants in minnesota family investment program (mfip), supplemental nutrition assistance program (snap), general assistance (ga), medical assistance and minnesotacare. their status is not routinely updated as they become permanent residents. the data captures most refugees who move to minnesota from other states. in 2015:— $18.2 million to serve 10,740 refugee households in mfip. federal and state money— $15 million to serve 18,630 refugees in snap. federal.— $1.2 million to serve 982 refugees in ga. state.— $144.5 million to serve 23,715 refugees in medical assistance. federal and st






refugees in indonesia protest slow un resettlement process


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — asylum seekers in indonesia have staged a protest in the capital urging the u.n. refugee agency to speed up the process of resettling them in third countries.dozens of people from war-torn countries including afghanistan, iraq, sudan and somalia who have been in indonesia for years called on the unhcr to accelerate their resettlement. they waved banners reading “refugees are human” and “save us” during monday’s rally at the unhcr office in jakarta.indonesia is home to nearly 14,000 men, women and children seeking resettlement in other countries, according to unhcr. about 7,500 have been recognized as refugees, but last year just 610 were resettled in other countries such as the united states and canada.






tennessee sues feds over refugee resettlement


closeskip in skipxembedxshare gov. haslam discusses vetting refugees coming to tennessee on thursday, sept. 15, 2016. amy smotherman burgess/news sentinela crowd protests president trump's refugee plan jan. 30, 2017, in the tennessee state capitol in nashville.(photo: larry mccormack, the tennessean) 790 connectlinkedinemailmorenashville — tennessee became the first state monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement, saying it is in violation of the u.s. constitution's 10th amendment.the lawsuit was filed monday in u.s. district court in jackson, tenn., and alleges that federal government has assumed powers beyond what the constitution grants it.the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the state






tennessee sues feds over refugee resettlement


closeskip in skipxembedxshare gov. haslam discusses vetting refugees coming to tennessee on thursday, sept. 15, 2016. amy smotherman burgess/news sentinela crowd protests president trump's refugee plan jan. 30, 2017, in the tennessee state capitol in nashville.(photo: larry mccormack, the tennessean) 1131 connect 3 linkedinemailmorenashville — tennessee became the first state monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement, saying it is in violation of the u.s. constitution's 10th amendment.the lawsuit was filed monday in u.s. district court in jackson, tenn., and alleges that federal government has assumed powers beyond what the constitution grants it.the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the s






tennessee sues feds over refugee resettlement


closeskip in skipxembedxshare gov. haslam discusses vetting refugees coming to tennessee on thursday, sept. 15, 2016. amy smotherman burgess/news sentinela crowd protests president trump's refugee plan jan. 30, 2017, in the tennessee state capitol in nashville.(photo: larry mccormack, the tennessean) 1423 connect 3 linkedinemailmorenashville — tennessee became the first state monday to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement, saying it is in violation of the u.s. constitution's 10th amendment.the lawsuit was filed monday in u.s. district court in jackson, tenn., and alleges that federal government has assumed powers beyond what the constitution grants it.the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the s






refugee resettlement agencies brace for funding loss


salt lake city — refugee resettlement organizations are bracing for significant funding cuts and possible layoffs over the coming months during president donald trump's temporary refugee ban.the agencies receive a certain amount of federal dollars per refugee they help resettle, which means they would lose a key source of funding unless the trump administration provides funds in the interim during the 120-day temporary halt to refugees entering the u.s.catholic charities usa says the executive order will cost the organization millions of dollars and put at risk about 7,000 jobs out of the 54,000 jobs at their agencies around the country, according to spokeswoman patricia cole.the group launched an $8 million fundraising paign this week to help replace the funding it expects to lose during






refugee resettlement agencies brace for funding loss


salt lake city — refugee resettlement organizations are bracing for significant funding cuts and possible layoffs over the coming months during president donald trump's temporary refugee ban.the agencies receive a certain amount of federal dollars per refugee they help resettle, which means they would lose a key source of funding unless the trump administration provides funds in the interim during the 120-day temporary halt to refugees entering the u.s.catholic charities usa says the executive order will cost the organization millions of dollars and put at risk about 700 jobs out of the 54,000 jobs at its agencies around the country, according to spokeswoman patricia cole.the group launched an $8 million fundraising paign this week to help replace the funding it expects to lose during the






unhcr: number of syrian refugees tops 5 million mark


geneva — the number of syrians who have fled their country after six years of war has surpassed the 5 million mark, the u.n. refugee agency said thursday.unhcr announced the milestone a year after participating countries at a geneva conference pledged to "resettle and facilitate pathways for 500,000 refugees" from syria — but that only half of those places have been allocated so far."we still have a long road to travel in expanding resettlement and the number and range of complementary pathways available for refugees," said u.n. high commissioner for refugees filippo grandi. "to meet this challenge, we not only need additional places, but also need to accelerate the implementation of existing pledges."agency spokesman babar baloch said that no specific incident prompted the crossing of the






refugee council usa, human rights first denounce travel ban


advocates for refugees swiftly denounced president trump’s revised executive order that temporarily suspends the refugee resettlement program as a discriminatory and inhumane measure that threatened the nation’s long-standing commitment to protect people fleeing violence and persecution. refugee council usa, a coalition of u.s. non-governmental organizations that advocates on behalf of refugees, condemned the order as a “harmful and ill-considered” action that “singles out the most vetted, most vulnerable people.” “the order does nothing to improve our national security and will have painful human consequences,” hans van de weerd, chair of rcusa said in a statement. “it will separate families and leave tens of thousands of people – mostly women and children – exposed to grave danger and de






international rescue comitttee criticizes new travel ban


the international rescue committee, one of the country's major refugee resettlement organizations, criticized the trump administration's new travel ban as "a gift for extremists who seek to undermine america." "these refugees are now stranded in crisis zones, in many cases separated from their families in the united states. far from making us safer, by excluding this most vetted and most vulnerable population, the executive order helps terror groups by providing yet another platform for anti-american propaganda," the group said in a statement. the new travel order is "a ban that heartlessly targets the most vetted and most vulnerable population to enter the united states," said irc president and ceo david miliband, who is a former british foreign minister. the group's resettlement program






un defends refugee vetting as trump mulls revised entry ban


amman, jordan (ap) — in an office cubicle at the u.n. refugee agency, a syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the west, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.the 31-year-old part-time hairdresser, who fled to jordan in 2014 after her husband went missing in syria’s civil war, feels fortunate. but the long road ahead for many syrian refugees could grow even more arduous if u.s. president donald trump fulfils campaign vows to impose “extreme vetting.”many of the 5 million syrian refugees who scratch out a living in overwhelmed neighboring states such as jordan aren’t necessarily candidates for a rare slot in the resettle






un defends refugee vetting as trump mulls revised entry ban


amman, jordan (ap) — in an office cubicle at the u.n. refugee agency, a syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the west, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.the 31-year-old part-time hairdresser, who fled to jordan in 2014 after her husband went missing in syria’s civil war, feels fortunate. but the long road ahead for many syrian refugees could grow even more arduous if u.s. president donald trump fulfils campaign vows to impose “extreme vetting.”many of the 5 million syrian refugees who scratch out a living in overwhelmed neighboring states such as jordan aren’t necessarily candidates for a rare slot in the resettle






un defends refugee vetting as trump mulls revised entry ban


amman, jordan — in an office cubicle at the u.n. refugee agency, a syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the west, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.the 31-year-old part-time hairdresser, who fled to jordan in 2014 after her husband went missing in syria's civil war, feels fortunate. but the long road ahead for many syrian refugees could grow even more arduous if u.s. president donald trump fulfils campaign vows to impose "extreme vetting."many of the 5 million syrian refugees who scratch out a living in overwhelmed neighboring states such as jordan aren't necessarily candidates for a rare slot in the resettlement






un defends refugee vetting as trump mulls revised entry ban


amman, jordan — in an office cubicle at the u.n. refugee agency, a syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the west, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.the 31-year-old part-time hairdresser, who fled to jordan in 2014 after her husband went missing in syria's civil war, feels fortunate. but the long road ahead for many syrian refugees could grow even more arduous if u.s. president donald trump fulfils campaign vows to impose "extreme vetting."many of the 5 million syrian refugees who scratch out a living in overwhelmed neighboring states such as jordan aren't necessarily candidates for a rare slot in the resettlement






can resettlement prevent irregular migration? | ethiopia


by the time dawit arrived in ethiopia aged 29, he had been twice arrested and imprisoned by the eritrean government. we met dawit in a refugee camp called adi harush in northern ethiopia, where he had settled nine months earlier, hoping to build his future in the host country. despite being a qualified health professional, his hopes were quickly dashed by the limited employment options in ethiopia. he could not find a way of supporting himself, let alone his ageing parents back in eritrea.ethiopia is a leading country of asylum in the region. dawit is one of more than 700,000 refugees in the country. western governments are eager to keep them there and are increasingly using aid to prevent or reduce irregular onward migration.these days, dawit dreams of going to europe where he has eritrea






u.s. orders slowdown of refugee resettlements


the u.s. state department has ordered embassies to slow resettlement of refugees for the next few weeks and temporarily suspend it completely after march 3 as the numbers approach the annual cap of 50,000 set recently by president donald trump, according to american officials.u.s. officials from embassies in the middle east said they received a directive on tuesday from the state department’s population, refugee and migration bureau to immediately suspend travel to the u.s. for refugees awaiting final resettlement after...






meet the judges blocking trump’s new travel ban


hours before president donald trump’s second executive order temporarily banning travel to the u.s. from certain countries and suspending the refugee resettlement program was set to take effect, it was halted by a federal district court judge in hawaii. shortly after that, another district court judge, in maryland, also issued an order against it. first, u.s.…






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump’s refugee ban


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan’s king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn’t among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jo






refugee resettlement agencies brace for funding loss


salt lake city (ap) — refugee resettlement organizations are bracing for significant funding cuts and possible layoffs over the coming months during president donald trump’s temporary refugee ban.the agencies receive a certain amount of federal dollars per refugee they help resettle, which means they would lose a key source of funding unless the trump administration provides funds in the interim during the 120-day temporary halt to refugees entering the u.s.catholic charities usa says the executive order will cost the organization millions of dollars and put at risk about 7,000 jobs out of the 54,000 jobs at their agencies around the country, according to spokeswoman patricia cole.the group launched an $8 million fundraising paign this week to help replace the funding it expects to lose du






u.s. orders slowdown of refugee resettlements


the u.s. state department has ordered embassies to slow resettlement of refugees for the next few weeks and delay booking travel for refugees after march 3 as the numbers approach the annual cap of 50,000 set recently by president donald trump, according to american officials.u.s. officials from embassies in the middle east said they received a directive tuesday from the state department’s population, refugee and migration bureau to delay booking travel to the u.s. for refugees awaiting final resettlement after march 3....






faces of faribault's changing population


jerry holt – star tribunegallery: a few months ago, mahdi ali liked what he was hearing from candidate donald trump. his p ion for president trump drained almost immediately, however, when in his first days in office trump suspended the refugee resettlement program that has been a lifeline for ali and others fleeing the war consuming somalia.






australia close to resettling 12,000 syrian refugees


canberra, australia (ap) — australia is close to resettling the 12,000 refugees from the war in syria and iraq it promised to urgently take more than a year ago, an official said wednesday.all 12,000 have been issued visas and more than 10,000 have already been brought from middle eastern refugee camps to australia, immigration and border protection minister peter dutton said in a statement. the remainder will be resettled in the coming months, he said.the refugees are in addition to the 13,750 refugees that australia accepts each year.former prime minister tony abbott announced in september 2015 that the 12,000 refugees would be resettled as quickly as possible. he was replaced by malcolm turnbull, the current prime minister, less than a week later.most read storiesunlimited digital acces






thousands of academics protest trump immigration order


thousands of elite college professors, nobel laureates and others in academia have signed a petition against president donald trump’s executive order that halts the u.s. refugee resettlement program and prohibits people from several muslim-majority countries from entering the united states. organizers announced the petition last friday, the day trump signed the order. as of monday afternoon,…






uk’s problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse begins


london (ap) — britain’s problem-plagued inquiry into child sex abuse has finally gotten under way, years after it was organized amid revelations that entertainers, clergy and senior politicians were involved in abuse.the far-reaching probe began hearing evidence monday after being beset by criticism and delays. it will scrutinize 13 institutions for child protection failings.the committee, chaired by professor alexis jay, began its work by hearing evidence about a taxpayer-funded migration program that oversaw the resettlement of an estimated 100,000 british children in countries such as canada, australia, new zealand and zimbabwe from the 1930s to the 1970s.the program was meant to address labor shortages, but many children suffered abuse.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






200 somali refugees in kenya are blocked from going to us


nairobi, kenya — a somali refugee says more than 200 refugees heading to the u.s. for resettlement have been told they cannot travel as a result of president donald trump's executive orders that temporarily suspend all immigration of citizens from seven majority-muslim countries.suleiman yusuf, a teacher, said monday that the 200 left a refugee p in eastern kenya last week but they have been told by the international organization for migration that their monday flights have been cancelled "because of trump's orders."the united nations refugee agency media officer yvonne ndege said monday that about 13,000 somali refugees have been interviewed and approved by the united states citizen and immigration services but whose resettlement has now been affected by the new order.






refugees in indonesia protest slow un resettlement process


jakarta, indonesia — asylum seekers who have been in indonesia for years rallied in the capital on monday urging the u.n. refugee agency to speed up the process of resettling them in third countries.dozens of people from war-torn nations including afghanistan, iraq, sudan and somalia called on the unhcr to accelerate their resettlement, expressing concerns that they could no longer bear to live in limbo in indonesia without jobs.they waved banners reading "refugees are human" and "save us" during the rally at the refugee agency's office in jakarta. some chanted "process, process!""waiting for more than four years here without resettlement is absolutely terrible," said 19-year-old protester mahdi rezaee from afghanistan, where scores of ethnic hazaras like himself have been captured, tortur






refugee resettlement cost me my job


by wilson ringrutland, vt. (ap) — a mayor who was handily defeated in his bid for a sixth two-year term said wednesday that he believes his loss was due to his support for a plan to bring refugees from syria and iraq to the economically depressed vermont city.rutland mayor christopher louras lost tuesday’s four-way race to city councilor david allaire, who had campaigned on a platform of healing a community divided by the mayor’s refugee plan.while acknowledging that a number of local issues played a role in the race, louras said he felt his support for refugee resettlement ultimately cost him re-election.“though i wanted to think this was not a referendum on refugee resettlement, i continue to believe, as i’ve articulated, rutland is a microcosm of the national conversation on immigration






australia close to resettling 12,000 syrian refugees


canberra, australia (ap) — australia is close to resettling the 12,000 refugees from the war in syria and iraq it promised to urgently take over a year ago.immigration and border protection minister peter dutton said wednesday all 12,000 have been issued visas and over 10,000 have already been brought from mideast refugee camps to australia. the remainder will be resettled in the coming months.the refugees are in addition to the 13,750 refugees australia accepts each year.former prime minister tony abbott announced in september 2015 that the 12,000 refugees would be resettled as quickly as possible. abbott was replaced by prime minister malcolm turnbull less than a week later.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.peter shergold, coordinator-general for refugee resettlem






200 somali refugees in kenya are blocked from going to u.s.


nairobi, kenya (ap) — a somali refugee says more than 200 refugees heading to the u.s. for resettlement have been told they cannot travel as a result of president donald trump’s executive orders that temporarily suspend all immigration of citizens from seven majority-muslim countries.suleiman yusuf, a teacher, said monday that the 200 left a refugee p in eastern kenya last week but they have been told by the international organization for migration that their monday flights have been cancelled “because of trump’s orders.”the united nations refugee agency media officer yvonne ndege said monday that about 13,000 somali refugees have been interviewed and approved by the united states citizen and immigration services but whose resettlement has now been affected by the new order.






pence embraces us-australia partnership after trump spat


sydney (ap) — u.s. vice president mike pence and australia’s prime minister swept aside any lingering tensions saturday over an obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge china to take a greater role in pressuring north korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program.pence and prime minister malcolm turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long american-australian alliance following a meeting in sydney, with the vice president passing along president donald trump’s “very best regards” and thanking turnbull for calling on beijing to be more assertive in the international effort to de-escalate pyongyang’s nuclear threat.meeting at the governor-general’s residence with sweeping views of sydney harbour and the city’s famed opera house, the two leaders a