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Now is the time for U.S. President Joe Biden to ask the American people to invite homeless and war-ravaged Afghan refugees into their homes and their communities. Experience has taught us that, like the Statue of Liberty, many will raise their hand in enthusiastic response. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Why Joe Biden should emulate Canada and go big on private refugee resettlement

As the U.S. considers its own private refugee sponsorship program, it should look to Canada. History shows that large-scale adoption is possible and can bridge divides on immigration.
A float featuring Christopher Columbus makes its way down Fifth Avenue during the 75th annual Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 14, 2019, in New York. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How Columbus Day contributes to the cultural erasure of Italian Americans

Given Italian history, U.S. descendants of Italian immigrants have reason to reject their association with Columbus and stand in solidarity with indigenous groups as they reclaim their histories.
In this photo from 2015, newly arrived Syrian refugees take part in a mass at the Armenian Community Centre in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal election 2021: What the Conservatives don’t understand about refugee resettlement

The Conservative pledge to replace government-assisted refugee places with more private sponsorship focuses on the integration potential of refugees rather than their protection needs. That’s wrong.
A slide by Gordon H. Woodhouse to accompany a 1901 lecture by his father Clarence entitled ‘exploration and development of Australia’. State Library of Victoria

Friday essay: Our utopia … careful what you wish for

Exclusion has been central to utopian ideas of Australia since before Federation. It still lingers. To progress in this climate-challenged century, Australia’s foundational wrongs must be righted.
Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait for Border Patrol processing after they crossed the Rio Grande into Roma, Texas, April 29, 2021. John Moore/Getty Images

This is what happens to child migrants found alone at the border, from the moment they cross into the US until age 18

A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care.
Three DACA recipients hold pictures of themselves as children newly arrived in the United States at a congressional meeting, Sept. 6, 2017. Jose Luis Magan/AP Photo

DACA in doubt after court ruling: 3 questions answered

The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that DACA, a policy that shields undocumented young immigrants from deportation, could continue. Now a Texas court says it can’t. An immigration lawyer explains.
Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait on July 2, 2019 in Los Ebanos, Texas to be transported to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after entering the U.S. to seek political asylum. John Moore/Getty Images

US immigration judges considering asylum for unaccompanied minors are ‘significantly influenced’ by politics

Immigration judges must base their decisions to grant asylum to immigrant children on whether these children have realistic fears of persecution. But other factors influence those decisions.

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