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Judge Grants CWS Petition Blocking Executive Order Giving Veto Power to State and Local Officials in Refugee Resettlement

January 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2020       CONTACT: JUDGE BLOCKS EXECUTIVE ORDER GIVING VETO POWER TO STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IN REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Three faith-based resettlement agencies brought the challenge against the unprecedented order (Greenbelt, MD) – Today, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit HIAS v. Trump, blocking an executive order that for the first …

CWS Condemns Governor Abbott’s Cruel and Immoral Decision to End Resettlement in Texas, Devastating Refugees Waiting for Family Reunification

January 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2020 CONTACT: CWS Condemns Governor Abbott’s Cruel and Immoral Decision to End Resettlement in Texas, Devastating Refugees Waiting for Family Reunification Governor Abbott should immediately reverse decision, continue state tradition to welcome refugees   Washington, DC –In response to the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that Texas will block refugees from being resettled in …

Situation Report: Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

January 9, 2020

Appeal Code: 628L Situation A series of earthquakes have shaken Puerto Rico in recent days. According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, more than 950 quakes or aftershocks have been recorded near the island since Dec. 31. The largest was a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Tuesday morning, which damaged a major power plant and left many residents without electricity. As The …

CWS Responds to Arguments in Case Challenging Executive Order Allowing State and Local Officials To Block Refugee Resettlement

January 8, 2020

CONTACT: Greenbelt, MD –This morning the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland heard arguments in the case filed by CWS, HIAS and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services challenging the Trump Administration’s Executive Order allowing state and local officials to stop refugees from being resettled in their jurisdictions. CWS Senior Vice President for the Immigration and Refugee Program …

CWS Mourns the Loss of Another Life in CBP Custody

December 27, 2019

CWS Calls on Congress to Hold the Administration Accountable for its Deadly Policies December 27, 2019 Washington, D.C. – In response to reports of the tragic death of a 41-year-old Congolese woman in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement: “During a season when many Americans …