AMERICAN GATEWAYS: Suspending immigration to the US is based in fear and bigotry

Statement on President Trump’s announcement on Monday to suspend immigration to the US from Rebecca Lightsey, executive director, American Gateways, which provides legal aid to low-income immigrants from offices in San Antonio, Waco and Austin: President Trump’s announcement on Monday…

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AMERICAN GATEWAYS: Federal Judge Potentially Clears Way for Texas to Continue Admitting Pre-Cleared Refugees

Rebecca Lightsey, executive director of Austin-based American Gateways, which provides legal assistance to immigrants in more than 20 Central Texas counties, commented Wednesday on judicial action stopping a national plan that could keep refugees from resettling directly in Texas: “Judge…

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Up in the Air: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The sudden implementation, if not spirit, of Executive Order 13769 caught many travelers and immigrant advocates by surprise. The order–signed on the afternoon of Friday, January 27th–modified the manner in which the United States accepts certain immigrants and all refugees. It instantaneously changed…

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