The Weekly Round-Up
The Weekly Round-Up
Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at President Trump’s comments about immigration in Europe, a new refugee resettlement policy in the US, how the travel ban could impact family reunification and some unexpected assistance to Syrians from Jewish aid workers. The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.
In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, Donald Trump made disparaging comments about immigration into Europe, echoing comments he has made about immigration into the United States. “I think it changed the fabric of Europe. And unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was. And I don’t mean that in a positive way,” he said this week. Tens of thousands of protestors marched in the streets of London to protest his visit.
As families are slowly being reunited at the border, refugees who make it to the US border as well as those applying for resettlement abroad will find it tougher to make it into the country after the Trump administration gave new guidance to those who evaluate refugee applications. Domestic violence and gang violence claims will be rejected, and an illegal entry into country will be weighed against their claim of asylum.
Last month, the Supreme Court lifted the 9th circuit court’s injunction against Trump’s travel ban, and it could have an impact on families who are in the process of reuniting through refugee resettlement. Form 2014-2016, 35,000 family members were reunited through refugee resettlement from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, all of which are included in the latest travel ban.
An organization called Israeli Flying Aid is working covertly to help rescue besieged Syrians as the Asad regime continues to snuff out rebel groups near Israel’s northeast border. The Syrian army, with the support of Hezbollah, Shia militias and “indiscriminate” Russian bombing, are attacking the remnants of the Free Syrian Army, which was supported by the Obama campaign.