News and Views

April 8, 2016
Samey Honaryar bravely served the U.S. military in Afghanistan as an interpreter, and endangered his life in the process. The Taliban came after him, but he escaped to the United States and asked for asylum. He deserves protection. But the...
April 6, 2016
By Richard Weir Confronted with the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the United States continues to fail those fleeing murderous authoritarian regimes and ruthless insurgencies. Worse, the men and women who served alongside U.S. forces in...
April 1, 2016
Our weekly round-up what we’ve been reading and watching, from in the news and around the web: On Wednesday, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) convened a one-day ministerial conference on the global refugee...
March 28, 2016
Here’s another round of what we’ve been reading and watching this week. The Huffington Post shares the story of Mariela Shaker, a Syrian violinist who came to the United States as a student in 2013 to study music, and now uses her craft to advocate...
March 21, 2016
News from the Week of March 14
Blog | March 21, 2016 | VFAI.ORG

Information is power. Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been reading and watching this week, from in the news and around the web: As the Syria crisis worsens, more stories are emerging of the despair and challenges confronting Syrian refugees and...
March 21, 2016
Reflections on the Anniversary of the Iraq War
Blog | March 21, 2016 | VFAI.ORG

March 20 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq led by the United States. Despite the heroism of many, it is difficult to look back on the past 13 years of U.S. policy toward Iraq with a great deal of pride. Part of our...
March 11, 2016
Syrian Refugee Resettlement by the Numbers
Blog | March 11, 2016 | Human Rights First website

With over 90 percent of the goal yet to be attained, and just over half of the fiscal year remaining, an average of 1,292 resettlement spaces need to be filled each month for the next seven months to keep on track.
January 20, 2016
Why Is It So Difficult for Syrian Refugees to Get Into the U.S.?
Article | January 20, 2016 | New York Times

Of the 4.5 million people who have fled the Syrian war, only 2,647 have been taken in by the United States.
December 1, 2015
A bipartisan group of twenty of the nation’s top national security experts, former government officials, and former military leaders today sent a letter to each Member of Congress expressing their opposition to proposals that would effectively halt...
November 19, 2015
Two former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security -- Janet Napolitano (2009-2013) and Michael Chertoff (2005-2009) -- wrote to President Obama today about how we can welcome refugees while ensuring the safety and security of Americans....