Refugees

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The Biden Administration plans to reopen America to more international refugees seeking asylum from war-torn nations, as well as those fleeing political and religious persecution. That's after the Trump Administration vastly reduced their numbers. Joanna Krause, executive director of Fayetteville-based refugee resettlement agency Canopy NWA, says she and her staff have begun to prepare for more arrivals. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. 

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Forge Community Loan Fund, based in Huntsville, has partnered with refugee resettlement agency, Canopy Northwest Arkansas, to enable refugees to capitalize small business startups. We meet Canopy’s first Forge client, Eca Mukandama, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, who is opening an auto sales and repair shop in south Fayetteville.

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President Trump is expanding travel restrictions to the U.S. to seven more nations, according to a White House statement issued on Friday. Emily Crane Linn, executive director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, says the expanded travel restrictions will indirectly affect resettled U.S. refugee families here.

 

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Last September, President Trump ordered states to formally declare agreements to resettle refugees that have fled war-torn regions or political and religious persecution. In late December, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opted in. We get reaction from Emily Crane Linn, founder of the state's lead resettlement agency, Canopy of Northwest Arkansas

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At a press conference in Fayetteville Tuesday, the director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, the state's only refugee resettlement and integration agency, says President Trump's new strict limits on refugee admissions will destroy U.S. refugee resettlement infrastructures that have been in place for decades.

CanopyNWA has helped resettle refugees from several countries since its start in 2016. But, the Trump administration has enacted new requirements for those seeking resettlement and made cuts to refugee programs. We hear how those measures have caused a decline in the number of resettled refugees in the U.S. and how two local refugee resettlement organizations are dealing with the retraction of federal support.

Pastor Clint Schnekloth of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville recently traveled to visit undocumented immigrant detainees and unaccompanied immigrant minors. He returns to Ozarks at Large to tell us what he saw at detention centers and camps and what conditions are like for the people held there.

Community Spotlight - Canopy NWA

Jun 5, 2017

Canopy Northwest Arkansas provides assistance to refugees who have relocated to Northwest Arkansas.  Listen to Emily Crane Linn, Director of Canopy NWA, discuss the beginnings of the group and the support they provide to refugees in our community.  

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Arkansas’s two federally sanctioned refugee resettlement agencies are suddenly busy accommodating vetted and visa-ready refugees after a federal appeals court over the weekend temporarily halted President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring refugees from entering the U.S. We talk with the resettlement director of Canopy NWA.

Arkansas has never been the destination for global political and religious refugees seeking asylum that states like New York and California are. But Canopy, a new federally approved refugee resettlement agency in Fayetteville — one of more than 350 religious and secular agencies like it operating across the U.S. —plans to change that.

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