In the past month, the Trump administration has responded to the arrival of thousands of asylum seekers, with deployed military forces, tear gas, and attempts to block legal entry into the US. President Trump has all but closed the US-Mexico border, and combined his efforts with rhetoric about the danger on the asylum seekers. The … Continue reading Trump’s Failing Asylum Policy
The ongoing refugee crisis has left more refugees than ever living in host communities and refugee camps for long periods of time. While host communities and refugee camps are supposed to be temporary situations ending in either resettlement or repatriation, nationalistic rhetoric and expanding crises have made refugee camps especially more permanent places. However, for … Continue reading Reconsidering Refugee Camps
The right to a nationality seems trivial as compared to the many rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, nationality, belonging to a country, is crucial for an individual’s access to resources and security. For the estimated 12 million stateless persons worldwide, lacking a nationality has left them without a legal home … Continue reading Stateless in the States: Addressing US Statelessness
Nearly 80 miles outside of Salt Lake City, in Uinta County Wyoming, the Management and Training Corporation (MTC) awaits approval from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to construct a new immigration detention center. MTC is the third largest for-profit prison corporation in the US. Their newest business venture in an immigration detention centers follows a … Continue reading America’s Immigration Prison Complex
In February 2017, the United Nations accused Myanmar security forces of engaging in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine province. Myanmar is not a war zone. In fact, Myanmar is a newly established democracy as of 2015, and their de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a nobel laureate. The population … Continue reading Preventing Ethnic Cleansing: Alternative Strategies for Myanmar
Rows of white tents line the dirt streets. Each one says UNHCR on the side and houses a family of refugees. There are larger temporary structures for schools, hospitals, and administrative buildings. Again, these structures are not buildings. They could have been built within an hour and will be torn down even faster. Refugee camps … Continue reading Forgotten and Stranded in Refugee City
The teacher is at the front of the room drawing triangles and writing out mathematical formulas on the board. Some of your classmates look confused. You’re mystified. The information is complex and entirely new. You don’t understand most of what your teacher says, and you don’t speak english. When you go home, your parents cannot help with homework, as they are only conversationally fluent, too. You are in a new place where the people don’t dress like you, speak your language, or understand where you came from.