Asylum Seekers

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently briefed reporters about his July in-district work week. The Democrat says he’s keeping close watch on testimony regarding two separate issues.

Dr. Alan Chartock
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that more Homeland Security officials are set to leave after the resignation of the department's former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. 

Elected officials, political activists, faith leaders and a local sheriff are rallying behind a soup kitchen chef being held by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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A judge in Rochester issued a restraining order Friday that will at least temporarily block any effort to deport a Capital City Rescue Mission chef taken into custody last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the federal court decision to block the Trump Administration's asylum ban. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the stock market.

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. 

In "The Girl Who Smiled Beads," Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

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On May 7th, the Trump Administration announced a new immigration policy requiring children be forcibly separated from families as “unaccompanied alien children.” Outrage has been growing and peaked in the past week when a Democratic U.S. Senator was denied entry to a center where the minors are being housed. President Trump has blamed Democrats for the policy.  This evening a rally will be held in Vermont calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop mandatory family separation.

Asylum seekers at Roxham Road
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Since Donald Trump became president and announced his immigration and refugee policies, thousands have been finding their way to Roxham Road in Champlain, New York to cross into Canada.  Even in frigid weather, the stream of people hasn’t stopped.  Volunteers on both sides of the border are offering help and reassurance.