The Trump administration has drastically reduced the number of refugees the U.S. accepts each year. In fiscal year 2018, the U.S. allowed around 22,500 refugees into the country. That was a 60 percent drop from the last year of the Obama administration. The shift in policy is complicating matters at Refugee One, the largest resettlement agency in Illinois.
Morning Shift‘s Jenn White sat down with Refugee One’s Jims Porter, the organization’s policy and communications coordinator, on how resettling efforts are going for refugees here in Chicago.
Also, a look at how immigration advocates have been advising migrant families to have an emergency plan and documentation on hand after President Donald Trump announced, and later postponed, immigration raids in major cities last month.
President Trump announced last week that his administration would carry out the delayed immigration sweeps after the fourth of July for migrant families who have received deportation orders.
NPR’s Cheryl Corley jumped in the host chair to learn more about this issue with Mony Ruiz-Velasco, the executive director of PASO West Suburban Action Project.