Settling in U.S. Refugees in America

first_img Previous articleStudent meditation group reduces stress, anxiety in membersNext articleListen: The Podell and Pickell Show with Drew Davison TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ ReddIt TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Linkedin The sharp drop is the result of executive actions by the Trump administration, which wants to limit the inflow of refugees to the U.S. The 45,000 admission cap was the lowest since the Refugee Act of 1980 was approved.The Trump administration’s policies toward refugees and those entering the country illegally, have been a key part of the debate over funding a border wall that led last month’s partial government shutdown.In late January, the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the nation’s borders, announced new “migrant protection protocols,” under which the government is now returning some asylum seekers and migrants to Mexico while their case goes through U.S. immigration courts.In a span of 10 months in 2018, almost 150,000 Congolese people fled to neighboring countries.Historically, the numbers of refugees from Central America has never ranked high. Instead, refugees have come from war torn regions across the globe. The U.S. admits refugees from a range of countries, but last year most came from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burma, Ukraine and Bhutan.Refugees from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia are prohibited from entering the U.S. under the Trump administration’s travel ban.Department of State Office of Admissions – Refugee Processing Center Refugee Admissions by Region, fiscal year 1975 – Jan. 31, 2019The highest percentage of refugees come from the eastern regions of the DRC. From 1998-2003, the DRC was involved in an armed conflict that consumed the Great Lakes region of the country; 5 million people in the DRC died as a result of the fighting and humanitarian crisis. Violence continues to erupt sporadically.More than 780,000 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers are residing in other African countries, according to the U.N. The highest percentage of refugees come from the eastern regions of the DRC, where violence continues to erupt sporadically.Of the Congolese who have left their home country, 81 percent are being settled in camps, according to the U.N.Texas and RefugeesIn 2016, Texas was the leading state to take in refugees from the countries of Myanmar, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.However, the situation and acceptance rates have been changing in recent years.Bikole Mulanda of the Democratic Republic of Congo responds to a question in an interview as his wife Fabiola Ongaobe Atonda holds their son Francois Rashidi Mulanda in her arms in the home they rent, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Abilene, Texas. Mulanda, his wife and 6 children have been in America nearly two years. Texas has led the nation in refugee resettlements over the last four years and continues to attract others who move to the state on their own. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Houston Public Media reported in October that Texas welcomed 67 percent fewer refugees in 2018 than in 2017. The report said that some of the biggest drops were from Middle East and majority Muslim countries.Sobia Siddiqui is the communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas Chapter. She believes the cuts are discriminatory.“Our president ran his campaign and one of his strongest and most vocal points is that he called for a ban on all Muslims,” Siddiqui said.Source: Refugee Processing CenterThe most alarming number of the refugee situation is 25 – that is the number of Iraqis that were accepted into Texas this year.The Democratic Republic of Congo has been facing one of the most horrific humanitarian crisis of the last few years resulting in a total of four million people that have been displaced due to the violent conflict taking place in the country, according to the United Nations.Additionally, a food shortage has also threatened the lives of millions in the country. Figures from a U.N. report suggest that out of all the children in the world that are at risk of starvation, currently 1 in every 10 is living in the DRC. The DRC government denies this claim and said that the statistics are grossly exaggerated.The United States has outwardly stated their opposition of the government’s treatment toward the Congolese people and plans to resettle roughly 50,000 Congolese refugees from 2014 to 2019 through the US Refugee Admissions Program.Statistics provided by the Refugee Processing Center show that in the last two years alone, nearly 34,000 Congolese refugees have entered the US – of which about 40 percent were under 14 years old.This report was compiled last fall by students in Reporting 30204The main photo shows the Antelope Wells Port of Entry from the El Berrendo, Mexico, side of the border with southern New Mexico. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File) TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Twitter Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Facebook Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week + posts TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Facebook TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printLast year, the U.S. accepted the smallest of refugees since the modern resettlement program began in 1980.According to the latest number from the Migration Policy Institute, 22,491 refugees settled in the U.S. in 2018, that’s just under half of the 45,000 person ceiling set by the government.Although Texas still leads the nation in resettlements. Last year 1,692 refugees came to the Lone Star State, according to the National Immigration Forum. That’s a 77 percent drop from 2015 when 7,479 refugees were settled, according to Refugee Council USA.Although Texas still leads the nation in resettlements. Last year 1,692 refugees came to the Lone Star State, according to the National Immigration Forum. That’s a 77 percent drop from 2015 when 7,479 refugees were settled, according to Refugee Council USA. ReddIt Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Local Bands Pour Florida Flavors Into Fool’s Paradise Inaugural Event

first_imgMorning FattyThe tongue in cheek name sets the stage perfectly for Morning Fatty’s upbeat ska/reggae flavor, letting people know that there is fun on the way.  Though obviously influenced by Americanized ska/reggae groups like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, the band has put a decidedly individual stamp on the genre.  Crisp and crunchy guitar lines snake through a very thick, wide bass that bobs with a joyful buoyancy, bringing smiles to the faces of happy fans. The band isn’t afraid to sail into the dub bass area of the spectrum, and the hypnotic beats have captured many in its funky wake. Their video for the song Street Pharmacist is below to get you ready for the funky good time to come at Fool’s Paradise.LoveChunkThree piece rockers LoveChunk have made quite the name for themselves in Florida. Emerging from Jacksonville, the band’s potent sound continues to captivate whenever they hit the stage. Yearning vocals and catchy progressions put them in the realm of rockers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, making their music all the more exciting. Check out their songs here.With all this great music at the festival and late night after shows, not to mention the one of a kind artist excursions, fine dining, historic sight-seeing opportunities and the fact that Florida is a perfect place to escape the winter blues, Fool’s Paradise is a perfect way to start the summer outdoor music season. For tickets and information about all the exciting fun to be had at the Fool’s Paradise Music Festival, click HERE and come be a part of history! From April 1st to 2nd, Fool’s Paradise will take over St. Augustine, FL with some funky mayhem, bringing a stellar line up of top acts and talented up and comers. While Lettuce, GRiZ, a Chris Robinson led super jam with George Porter Jr. and Ivan Neville (among others), Vulfpeck, Goldfish and The Nth Power bring the established star power, that isn’t the whole story. The great state of Florida is doing more than just host the two day festivities, it’s sending a few of its up and coming bands like The Groove Orient, Herd Of Watts, Morning Fatty and LoveChunk to the main event. They’ll even be hosting late-night throwdowns, dubbed “Fool Moon”, at the local watering hole (and grilled cheese emporium) Planet Sarbez. While most folks are already familiar with the big names set to rock their worlds, we wanted to spotlight some of the incredible local talents.The Groove OrientHarry Ong, bassist and vocalist for Groove Orient, recently spoke to us about the exploding music scene in his home state. “There’s lots of stuff going on in Florida to be proud of, there’s a lot of great bands, and festivals as well, and venues like the Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park.” When asked to give folks an idea of what to expect at a Groove Orient show, Ong summed it up in one word, “variety.”It’s an apt description, as the band seems to effortlessly flow from traditional rock and roll to funky, infectious funk rhythms and jams that have everyone in ear shot moving and grooving. Audiences up and down the eastern seaboard are expanding as Groove Orient has shown the dedication and talent it takes to build a fan base that can get them to the next level. The band is expanding their reach as a band later this year, taking their first journey west to areas of Colorado and points in between. The future looks bright for this sunshine state quartet. Check out their song Bananas below, and don’t miss them during the Fool’s Paradise.</p><p><strong>Herd Of Watts</strong></p><p>Another staple of the Florida jam scene, Herd Of Watts has built a solid reputation for delivering a high energy blend of dance-able rocking jams by delivering funky shows night after night.<strong>  </strong>A crowd favorite with national appeal thanks to their many appearances at festivals at Suwannee, Herd Of Watts manages to sound like a ten piece band with only four members.  A lot of this is accomplished by their keyboardist <strong>Matthew Strok</strong> with lush fills and horn samples adding to the bands jammy aesthetic. Matt&#8217;s brother <strong>Ben</strong> handles the guitar duties with a strongly lyrical playing  style and the rhythm section provides a punchy platform for everyone to do their thing.  Their wide name recognition has gotten them several high profile opening slots that they&#8217;ve taken full advantage of to win many hearts and minds. Watch their entire set from Bear Creek 2014 below, and check out their live show at Fool&#8217;s Paradise.</p><p><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xVQTfIu3FUg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>Herd Of WattsThanks to their many appearances at The Spirit Of Suwannee Park festivals, Herd Of Watts has gotten their music out to a wide audience, who continue to be impressed with their deceptively large sound.  Thanks to the fills and horn samples employed by keyboardist Matt Strok, the four piece band sounds like a ten piece funk-rock juggernaut. Matt’s brother Ben Strok plays guitar with a mix of emotional fret board pyrotechnics and precision that expands nicely on the solid platform built by the rhythm section. With numerous choice opening slots highlighting a packed tour schedule, Herd Of Watts is building their reputation the old fashioned way…giving everything they have, night in and night out.  You can watch their entire set from the last Bear Creek Music Festival below, and onstage at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise.last_img read more

Monaco admit British riches are hard to resist after Anthony Martial sale

first_img The principality club were knocked out of the Champions League play-offs recently, lost 3-0 to Paris St Germain in Ligue 1, and then saw talented forward Martial depart for Manchester United in a world-record fee for a teenager at £36million. The summer of 2014 saw a similar story involving big-name players, when James Rodriguez was sold to Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao went to United, who have benefited from the Premier League’s enormously lucrative TV deals. With pressure building on the pitch this season, the market dealings have seemingly attracted, by Vasilyev’s own admission, a measure of criticism from Monaco’s fans. However, Vasilyev said on the club’s website: “We really wanted to keep (Martial) on the team, but Manchester has made an incredible offer, almost the close of the market, an offer that neither the club nor the player could refuse. That’s football. “(It is) evident that certain clubs – especially the British – have unprecedented resources, and it is hard to resist.” Martial leaves Monaco with 70 appearances and 15 goals to his name, with Vasilyev adding: “Of course I’d like to keep our players for longer but we must be realistic about the power of these clubs. “The operations of James Rodriguez and Anthony Martial are the two biggest transfers of the French championship. Our challenge is to remain competitive athletically and have confidence in the decisions we have taken.” Monaco were unable to make headway into the Champions League this season after Valencia knocked them out, meaning they will play in the Europa League. Having finished third in the 2014-15 league, Monaco’s start to the current Ligue 1 campaign would suggest further struggles – they have just one win from four games – especially with Martial’s exit. But Vasilyev feels further sales will have to be made if Monaco are to build their financial base towards silverware, saying: “Our revenue has increased, but we must be realistic – (we are) not yet up to a club that wants to play the European Cup. “Here’s one reason why we need to sell players, this allows us to maintain a budget that face our sporting ambitions. When we are financially stronger and have more income, it will be easier to reject some important deals.” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admits the “unprecedented resources” of British clubs means selling players like Anthony Martial is unavoidable.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

U.S. agriculture pushing for a full Japanese Trade Agreement

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Russell Boening, a Texas rancher, farmer and President of the Texas Farm Bureau, told Congress that the recent trade deal with Japan is welcome, but U.S. negotiators still have work to do.“It is obvious the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement is a win; however, the U.S. must pursue the next phase of negotiations with Japan,” Boening told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee for Trade. “Not all agricultural products, such as rice and some dairy products, were included in this agreement. We must work toward additional market access. Sanitary, phytosanitary and biotechnology issues should also be addressed.”At nearly $13 billion a year, Japan is the fourth-largest destination for U.S. farm exports.“While we have a strong trading relationship with Japan, we are about to make substantial advances,” Boening said. “The new U.S.-Japan trade agreement was welcome news for farm and ranch families across the entire country. This agreement will level the Japanese trade playing field.”Boening urged lawmakers to approve an expanded trade agreement expected next year.“As hardworking farm and ranch families face much uncertainty, a fully comprehensive trade agreement with Japan is desperately needed. We appreciate the administration and other leaders in Washington who continue striving for more free and fair trade,” he said.last_img read more

12 days agoSouthampton academy chief Hale happy with Bycroft, Slattery England calls

first_imgSouthampton academy chief Hale happy with Bycroft, Slattery England callsby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton academy manager Matt Hale is delighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportunity with the first team and I’m sure that will come around again soon, as his performances continue.“I’m delighted for him to be recognised again by the England setup, which is testament to that attitude and how he’s applied himself.“Jack’s done tremendously well. We’ve felt for some time that he was at that level, and finally he’s got that recognition and been rewarded for his hard work and the continuous development he’s shown.“He’s trained a lot with the first team and the first-team goalkeeping staff. He’s had some fantastic performances – both in our Under-18s last year and this year in the Under-23s. We’re delighted for Jack.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoEx-Liverpool defender Enrique: Man Utd clash always biggest

first_imgEx-Liverpool defender Enrique: Man Utd clash always biggestby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists facing Manchester United is always the biggest game of the season.Liverpool sit top of the Premier League and United in 12th. But Enrique told Sky Sports: “It is and it still is even if United is not doing as well now.“For the players, for the fans, it is still the biggest game. Even Liverpool’s rivalry with City, even with the way they are doing… The rivalry between United and Liverpool is different.“The preparation is the same. The only thing when you play this game is in your mind you are more nervous than other games – that is obvious.“It’s another game, it’s three points more, but for the fans and the players it means more. So if you win it, you have a good night after the game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Man dead in Saskatoon police cells reignites familys grief

first_imgAPTN National NewsA prisoner death in the Saskatoon police detention cells is opening old wounds for a First Nation family.An unidentified 57-year-old man was picked up for public intoxication.That was Tuesday evening last week.By Wednesday morning he was dead in a cell.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnoff met with the family of a 19-year-old man who died in the very same cells more than two years ago.last_img

The Brexit story so far How Britain got itself in a bind

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s 2-day-old draft deal to leave the European Union is in danger of collapsing, increasing the likelihood of a disorderly, economically painful exit from the bloc next year.British politicians in favour of leaving the EU have criticized the agreement reached Tuesday after more than a year and a half of negotiations. They say it keeps the country bound to the EU under unfavourable terms and floated the idea of unseating Prime Minister Theresa May.Even if May remains in her post, the British Parliament might reject the deal. Britain’s formal exit is set for March 29, so that would leave little time to seek an alternative.Here’s a look at how Britain got into this situation:___REFERENDUMMay’s party, the British Conservative Party, has long been split between those in favour of EU membership and those who want out.One advantage of membership is it gives seamless access to trade across 27 other countries. The EU is Britain’s biggest trading partner.Opponents have argued the EU took too much political power from London; many want to restrict immigration from other EU member countries as well.To settle the question, former Prime Minister David Cameron called for a nationwide vote on whether Britain should stay or go. On June 23, 2016, 52 per cent of voters said they wanted to leave.___NEGOTIATIONSThe unexpected outcome threw the country into chaos, with Cameron resigning and the value of the pound tumbling 15 per cent in a day. May eventually took over as prime minister. In March 2017, she submitted the formal notice of Britain’s intent to withdraw from the EU. The action started a two-year countdown and negotiations on the terms of the exit and for future EU-U.K. relations.The difficulty of the negotiations quickly became clear. The EU took a tough approach. It insisted Britain would no longer enjoy any of the bloc’s “four freedoms”: the freedom for citizens, money, goods and services to travel and operate across borders without hindrance.In a bid to solidify her power and the stated goal of ensuring a “strong and stable” government would be seated at the Brexit negotiations, May called a general election for June 2017. The move backfired, and her Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament. She had to create a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.___IRISH QUESTIONThe talks on a Brexit deal remained stalled for months, largely over the problem of the future border between Britain’s Northern Ireland and the EU’s Republic of Ireland. The fear was that reinstalling a hard border with import duties and travel restrictions would renew sectarian violence.The EU insisted that Britain should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of staying in its seamless trading union. So it proposed allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union, but not the rest of Britain. May’s government rejected that, saying it threatened to break up Britain.___THE DEALWith the clock ticking, British and EU officials intensified their efforts and reached a draft deal on Nov. 13.The agreement envisions Britain leaving the EU as planned on March 29 but remaining inside the bloc’s single market and bound by its rules until the end of December 2020. That would buy time to work out a permanent post-Brexit trading relationship.Other terms call for Britain paying 39 billion pounds ($50 billion) to settle outstanding obligations to the EU. British and citizens of EU countries would be allowed to remain where they currently live and work.The deal also commits the two sides to a “backstop” solution that keeps the U.K. in a customs arrangement with the EU as a guarantee the Irish border remains free of customs posts. The backstop would last until superseded by new trade arrangements, which both sides say they hope to have in place by the end of 2020.___POLITICAL BACKLASHMany pro-Brexit politicians immediately slammed the deal. They said it would leave Britain a vassal state by making it observe EU customs rules that it will no longer have a say in shaping. Some pro-EU politicians favoured calling another vote on whether Britain should leave the EU at all.May has defended the deal as providing the continuity businesses need while the country and the EU agree on a long-term trade relationship.Two Cabinet ministers and five junior government members resigned Thursday and a leading pro-Brexit lawmaker called for a no-confidence vote on May.___NO-DEAL RISKSIf Parliament rejects the draft deal, the more likely it is that Brexit happens without any agreement spelling out future relations with the EU. Businesses and most economists view that as a worst-case scenario for the British economy.It would mean a return of tariffs on trade between Britain and the EU as well as border checks on goods. That could delay shipments of everything from food and fuel to clothing and cars. Some companies have been stockpiling to prepare for such a possibility.And Britain would drop out of Europe-wide protocols that govern areas such as aviation and prescription drugs, threatening to ground flights and disrupt supplies of drugs.Carlo Piovano, The Associated Presslast_img read more

May in the Netherlands as she fights to save Brexit deal

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching her fight to save her Brexit deal over breakfast with her Dutch counterpart, the first of a string of meeting with European leaders in coming days.May arrived early Tuesday at Rutte’s official residence in The Hague and was travelling later in the day to Berlin and Brussels.Her whistle-stop tour came on the day that British lawmakers had been scheduled to vote on Brexit.Instead, May went to the House of Commons on Monday and conceded that the divorce deal she struck last month with EU leaders was likely to be rejected “by a significant margin” and postponed the vote.May said she would seek “assurances” from the EU and bring the deal back to Parliament.The Associated Presslast_img

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Seizure and Arrests

first_imgDuring the investigation, four adult males and three adult females were arrested.All seven persons were released without charge at this time, pending further investigation and charge approval from the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada.In a release, the RCMP say this is a significant disruption to drug trafficking in the community.  The Prince George RCMP is committed to enforcement and prevention initiatives that combat the possession and sale of drugs in the community.If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit with theassistance of the North District RCMP’s Emergency Response Team, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence on Isle Pierre Road, approximately 30 kilometres west of Prince George on Wednesday, November 21.Police say approximately 1.5 kilograms of what they believe to be methamphetamine and 1 kilogram of what they think to be cocaine was located in the residence along with cash, drug trafficking paraphernalia and a loaded firearm.The street value of the drugs was estimated to be more than $50,000.last_img read more