refugees

Tami Moore, Toni Harrison

One of the legacies of the Vietnam War thrives in countries around the world. During the war, thousands of children were left in orphanages. Many were biracial, the product of relationships between American military men and Vietnamese women. This is the story of two women searching for their biological parents. One has had success thanks to technology. The other is hopeful despite running into dead ends.


Lansing Refugees Earn High School Diplomas

Jun 20, 2017
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Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

Five Lansing area refugees earned their high school diplomas this week as part of a program that aims to help expand their career options.


Rod Sanford / Refuge Lansing

The city of Lansing is a destination for many refugees looking to start their lives in the United States. The Refugee Development Center in Lansing estimates that anywhere between 400 and 700 refugees are resettled in Lansing every year. That’s on top of the over 10,000 refugees who already call Mid-Michigan their home.


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Courtesy / St. Vincent Catholic Charities

The executive orders on immigration directly impact immigrants and refugees trying to come to the US and those living here already. But the orders are also causing problems for organizations who support refugees.

 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

As the Trump administration prepares to enact its updated travel ban, a number of U.S. churches have stated they will offer sanctuary to refugees and immigrants.  No definitive action has taken place in mid-Michigan...but the conversation is growing.  

WKAR’s Kevin Lavery talks with Oscar Castaneda with Action of Greater Lansing what a formal sanctuary policy might look like here.

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A family that fled to Rwanda because of the violence in the Congo has been reunited in Grand Rapids after two years of separation, despite President Donald Trump's executive order on refugees.

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WKAR File Photo

The city of Lansing is home to nearly 800 settled refugees from some 30 countries. An effort to declare the city a sanctuary appears to be gathering strength.


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Michigan's civil rights chief is condemning President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, saying the president's executive order "hurts us all." 

Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

Immigration enforcement is not a primary function of Michigan state and local police, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Katie Cook / WKAR

Michigan has long been a home to refugees from around the world.

In this week’s “Neighbors in Action,” we talk to an organization that helps refugees that land in the Lansing area adjust to life in America.

Executive director Erika Brown Binion explains the work of the Refugee Development Center.

Marissa Nalley
Scott Pohl / WKAR

World Refugee Day is coming up, and the city of Lansing has created an entire week of events to celebrate the resiliency of refugees. St. Vincent Catholic Charities is hosting the week of events that kicks off Saturday. We speak with St. Vincent’s community outreach coordinator, Marissa Nalley.


Dr. Farha Abbasi and Thom Dye photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we hear the dream of one local man who’d like to see an East Lansing student apartment complex become a home for arriving refugees.


EL gathering to address Syrian refugees in MI

Dec 4, 2015
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Courtesy photo / Syrian American Rescue Network

The Syrian American Rescue Network (SARN) is a Michigan nonprofit that arranges humanitarian and economic support for Syrian refugees. Tonight, East Lansing’s Islamic Center is hosting a presentation by SARN to spread its message and help refugees. We talk with two SARN members about the Syrian refugee crisis and how they expect it to unfold in Michigan.


Immigration photo
Britt Selvitelle / flickr creative commons

Last week, a federal appeals court decided to continue blocking implementation of two immigration programs. The initiatives would extend and expand opportunities to millions of America’s undocumented immigrants. We talk with a local immigration rights advocate about why she’s unhappy with the decision, along with a former MSU employee whose family is impacted by the decision.


Snyder refugee decision triggers sharp disagreement

Nov 17, 2015
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Freedom House / flickr creative commons

Gov. Rick Snyder has suspended plans to allow Syrian refugees in Michigan pending a review of Homeland Security vetting processes. The decision has generated vigorous support and opposition. We talk with State Sen. Rick Jones, who supports the move, and East Lansing surgeon Dr. Majid Katranji, who opposes it.