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By Eskinder Negash

As a former refugee, World Refugee Day has a special significance for me.  Over forty years ago, I left behind everything I knew to begin my life in a country that opened its doors to people like me.

Like many African refugees, I was forced out of my country to reimagine my life away from my family, friends, and community. I learned a new idiom, new history, and behaviors, and how to fit into a culture that was outside of my own. I am now an American. I was one of the…

 

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is disheartened by President Biden’s decision not to lift former President Trump’s refugee resettlement cap of 15,000 for fiscal year 2021 in the Presidential Determination signed today. Under the previous administration, refugee admissions to the U.S. fell to this historic low of 15,000.

In February of this year, the State Department had recommended in a report to Congress that the U.S. raise the ceiling this year to 62,500 …

For Johnston-based NorthPoint Church, hospitality and welcoming the stranger are core values. The church co-sponsored its second family this month – mom, dad and five children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The scene at the airport was jubilant, as they reunited with two adult children previously resettled by USCRI Des Moines.

Says NorthPoint Missions Pastor Barry Brown, “Welcoming refugees and helping them start a new life here in Iowa is important to us because it shows peopl…

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