The center has received about 205 Afghan refugees since October and is expected that to grow to at least 250 this year. That’s in addition to an expected 150 “typical” refugees the Catherine McCuley Center serves.
Articles Tagged: Immigration
Gazette Des Moines Bureau
Government & Politics Sep. 26, 2021 10:57 am
The governor said she made a decision the first time to approve the action – which cost Iowa about $300,000 -- in response to requests from fellow Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona.
The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico in a massive show of force that signals the beginning of what could be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades.
“The monthslong surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the governors wrote.
As Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she would send Iowa State Patrol troopers to the border with Mexico, the state’s top public safety leaders raised concerns whether her commitment would leave enough staff for “law enforcement obligations in Iowa” and run up a “significant cost for sending personnel out of state,” according to records obtained by The Gazette.
By Justin Ites - Iowa Falls Times Citizen
Federal Government Aug. 22, 2021 9:57 pm
Zalmay Niazy’s journey has been publicized on a national scale, including in June in The Gazette. The Afghanistan native was an interpreter for the U.S. military for three years before he left the country to build a new life in Iowa Falls.
The Fund Excluded Workers Coalition says Iowa City’s and Johnson County’s delay in providing American Rescue Plan money to undocumented workers and others who were essential during the COVID-19 pandemic is a potential violation of the city’s Human Rights ordinance.