Don’t Panic! Or Why We Should Stop Using Crisis Language about Refugees

(This entry is based on a talk that I gave at the “Keeping Our Door Open: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Refugee Resettlement” organized by the University of Michigan and Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County”) I have been writing and speaking about crisis language a lot lately. The term “crisis” gets used a lot for … More Don’t Panic! Or Why We Should Stop Using Crisis Language about Refugees

The Religious Roots (and Current Divergences) of Asylum in the United States

I have been thinking a lot over this summer about the role of religion in US refugee and asylum policy. In today’s debate over immigration and refugees, religious leaders are taking front stage. This should not be surprising, given the strong historical connection between religion and asylum. The ethic of “welcoming the stranger” is central … More The Religious Roots (and Current Divergences) of Asylum in the United States

Refugees & Immigrants and the Real Threats to Our Security

I will give Trump credit for one thing; he said that if elected he would ban immigration of Muslims, and he’s doing his best to keep that promise. The ban is not on Muslims per se, but people coming from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan (ostensibly not South Sudan, but I haven’t heard how that has … More Refugees & Immigrants and the Real Threats to Our Security