News and Views

News from the Week of December 11th

ICYMI: This week Human Rights First’s CEO Elisa Massimino wrote an op-ed for the The Hill to celebrate Human Rights Day. She wrote about the important role that Congress, the courts, and American citizens play in espousing American leadership on human rights. That includes you – veterans standing up for refugees and countering anti-Muslim bigotry.  And it is why we are so proud to stand with you to represent American ideals.

Time to Raise Our Hands High

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Buck Cole (third from right)
at an interfaith vigil for refugees.

By Buck Cole

News from the Week of December 4th

In a disheartening decision, the Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that allowed the Trump Administration to temporarily implement its ban on Muslim immigrants. Yesterday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., heard arguments in three related legal challenges to the ban, including Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump.

News from the Week of November 27th

We hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. We are encouraged that communities across the nation are showing support for refugees around the holiday season.

Congress Authorized 3,500 New Afghan Special Immigrant Visas, but the Fight is Not Over

by Fiona Tomlin

Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law within ten days.

The bill authorizes 3,500 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for the brave Afghans who served alongside U.S. military forces and came under threat for that work. 3,500 more of these allies will now have the opportunity to resettle in the United States this year. It’s been a long and hard-fought victory.

News from the Week of November 13th

Last weekend for Veterans Day 2017, Vets for American Ideals launched our multimedia storytelling campaign #WhatIFoughtFor. The project uses portrait photography and video to tell seven powerful stories of family, friendship, brotherhood, and camaraderie between U.S. veterans and refugees.

Our Service to Country and to Each Other

On this Veterans Day, I ask that we honor veterans by not forgetting these men and women. Let’s be fierce in our service to our country, to each other, and to all the men and women who share our American ideals. Start by calling on our political leaders to increase the refugee cap to ensure that we do not leave our Iraqi and Afghan interpreters behind.