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News in the Humanosphere: Refugee resettlement in U.S. likely on hold after Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump travel ban

Protester makes his point at a demonstration in San Antonio, Texas, in mid-January following President Trump's ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries. Pink unicorn checks phone. Flickr, Daniel Cuadra

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that President Trump’s “travel ban” can still go into effect for foreigners who lack a “bona fide relationship” with someone in the United States. Unless they can satisfy that requirement, this also includes a total ban on all refugees from everywhere in the world for 120 days. According to one the largest US-based non-profit organizations that helps refugees resettle into the USA, this means that refugees who underwent years-long security screenings and have been previously cleared for entry to the United States will now be barred. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) says the order “immediately impacts already vetted refugees scheduled to come to the United States. ” (UN Dispatch

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Does the Beijing Consensus have anything to do with foreign aid? (Devpolicy


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