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March 9, 2012
I am a restaurant owner in Baltimore and have been successfully employing refugees from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) resettlement center for the past seven years ("Short course in American life," March 3). All of them are legally authorized to work in the United States and pay taxes. Almost all of them live in the city. In my experience, if a company takes sufficient time in the first few weeks to work with their IRC employment liaison to orient the refugee new hire, that company will have added an eager, reliable, loyal employee to their workforce.
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August 2, 2014
How is it that within the past week Ray Rice has managed to be featured in two front page articles in The Sun while a gathering of 300 clergy and laity in McKeldin Square failed to capture even a paragraph inside the newspaper? The purpose of the prayer service was to call attention to the fact that there are many people of faith who are deeply concerned about the child refugee crisis we are experiencing, not only on our southern borders but here in Baltimore as well. We are not the constituency greeting buses filled with these children, screaming for them to return where they came from.
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By Jill Pardini | June 4, 2012
"Welcome to America. " It's a traditional greeting that implicitly embodies notions of acceptance, hope and opportunity. But that simple phrase can also be used as a taunt, as I witnessed during a youth soccer game in Baltimore where the teams were starkly divided by race, religion and language. "Welcome to America" served as a derisive cheer hurled across the field when the fairer-skinned team scored against a team made up of refugees and asylum seekers from Nepal, Bhutan, Iraq, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Eritrea, Tanzania and Guinea.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
I was distressed and saddened by Ellen Sauerbrey's letter published on July 24, regarding unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Central America ( "Sauerbrey: Undocumented children at the border are not 'refugees'" . Ms. Sauerbrey writes that "the thousands of people pouring into the U.S. today are not refugees. " Such a sweeping statement is irresponsible and disappointing to read from a former official whose responsibilities included protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants around the world.
NEWS
July 16, 2014
Like so many others, I have been closely following the refugee crisis at the southern border. But instead of welcoming these poor children, who are desperate for help, many people refuse to recognize their humanity. For example, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners and Rep. Andy Harris protested the possibility that of some of the child refugees would be housed in Westminster ( "U.S. dismisses Carroll Co. as shelter site," July 13). I immediately thought of the Jewish refugees on the S.S. St. Louis who were turned away from the United States, as many of them died in concentration camps.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
I was distressed and saddened by Ellen Sauerbrey's letter published on July 24, regarding unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Central America ( "Sauerbrey: Undocumented children at the border are not 'refugees'" . Ms. Sauerbrey writes that "the thousands of people pouring into the U.S. today are not refugees. " Such a sweeping statement is irresponsible and disappointing to read from a former official whose responsibilities included protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants around the world.
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By Myriam Marquez | October 5, 1994
TWELVE-year-old Oscarito is one of about 5,000 children who ended up at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay during the August exodus of Cubans on rafts seeking freedom. Thirty thousand Cubans now are at Guantanamo, living in tents on part of the very island they intended to flee.Oscarito and his father, Oscar Govantes, no longer live at the base, though. They arrived in Miami last Wednesday after the child became temporarily paralyzed and was sent to Washington for treatment.The boy can walk again, and, for humanitarian reasons, the U.S. government has allowed Oscarito and his father to live with relatives in Miami.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
As a boy, Abdi Hassen helped his father nurture and harvest maize, wheat and tropical fruits — until the early 1990s, when his father vanished. "He was disappeared because of his political opinion. I don't know if he is alive or not now," said Hassen, a refugee from Ethiopia, as he stood among lush garden beds in a Highlandtown alley. Hassen, 31, spends much of his days in the alley, taking copious notes on the plants' progress and the pests that appear on their leaves. The garden is part of the International Rescue Committee's New Roots program, which aims to help refugees carry on the agricultural traditions of their homelands.
NEWS
September 23, 1990
NEW WINDSOR - Most of the 62 Mideast refugees who refused accommodations at the New Windsor Service Center have left Maryland, using one-way plane tickets provided by the federal government.They left behind some hard feelings from people who had little sympathy about their attitude.U.S. immigration officials say they've received dozens of calls from people complaining about the refugees' refusal to stay at the center."Most people have been asking us, 'Why are you letting them stay here?' " said Louis D. Crocetti Jr., the assistant director of Maryland's Immigration and Naturalization Service office.
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By Annie Wilson | June 20, 2002
TODAY IS World Refugee Day. It is no cause for celebration. There are about 15 million refugees in the world, of whom 80 percent are women and children. Some are eking out an existence in cities far from their homelands; many live in squalor in refugee camps of neighboring countries. Very few - less than 1 percent - of the world's refugees get a chance to start a new life in a third country. The United States is the leader in refugee resettlement. The president, in consultation with Congress, determines each year how many refugees may come here and from which countries they may come.
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Susan Reimer | July 23, 2014
It was a typical Saturday in Annapolis, and I was busy running errands. But as I pulled up to the stoplight at the intersection where Route 2 meets West Street, I saw demonstrators on both sides of the highway. They were waving American flags, carrying large signs and shouting at drivers to honk if they agreed. They were demonstrating against the Central American children crossing the Mexican border into the United States. The signs said the children were criminals and should be sent back where they came from.
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Dan Rodricks | July 22, 2014
Humanity faces its biggest refugee crisis since World War II, and Rep. Andy Harris, the Republican congressman from Maryland's 1st District, pledges to do everything in his power to keep a tiny fraction of Central American children out of a shelter in Carroll County. Harris is a doctor, but apparently not a compassionate one. Maybe he should start his own organization as a conservative counterweight to rampant humanitarianism. He could call it Doctors With Borders, Medecins Avec Frontieres.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
A reader invites me to address a political question: "Your thoughts on the use of 'immigrant' children vs. 'refugee' children in Sun articles would be appreciated by this inhabitant of the peanut gallery. " Immigrant  is an inflammatory word to people who are upset about the number of immigrants illegally in the United States, and those who object to it would prefer not to see the discussion further inflamed. People who insist on using immigrant  for the unprecedented flood of children across the southern border would see use of refugee  as euphemistic, an attempt to cloak illegality under humanitarian terminology.  And some people instead focus on children , recognizing that they present a difficulty that is different from the entry into the country of adults, but the inflamed debate tends to drown them out.* As far as usage goes, it is a fact that these children are immigrants, though the bare word does not fully describe their unusual status.
NEWS
July 16, 2014
Like so many others, I have been closely following the refugee crisis at the southern border. But instead of welcoming these poor children, who are desperate for help, many people refuse to recognize their humanity. For example, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners and Rep. Andy Harris protested the possibility that of some of the child refugees would be housed in Westminster ( "U.S. dismisses Carroll Co. as shelter site," July 13). I immediately thought of the Jewish refugees on the S.S. St. Louis who were turned away from the United States, as many of them died in concentration camps.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Regarding the thousands of Central American children fleeing to our country, where are America's religious leaders ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9)? For too many Americans, our so-called "Judeo-Christian values" seem to always stop at race and the Rio Grande. With the notable exception of the Catholic Church and those religious-based organizations trying to bring some humanitarian sanity to the situation, religious leaders in this country are silent when they should be shouting "for shame" at our racism and xenophobia.
NEWS
July 13, 2014
Oh, please. Don't call the tsunami of unaccompanied, undocumented migrants a "refugee crisis" ( "America's refugee crisis," July 9). If it were, they'd still be in Mexico. When populations flee, they seek refuge in the adjacent countries, they don't travel endless miles to a distant destination. Labeling those illegally crossing our border "refugees" is just a euphemism to soften the disaster facing this nation. I find it incredible that Mexico is never mentioned in connection with the surge.
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By Derrick Z. Jackson | July 14, 1994
Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba -- AS HAITIAN mothers and babies peered out from behind barbed wire, the commander of refugee operations here, Mike Pearson, pleaded with photographers not to use the barrier for dramatic effect. "I want to take it down or cover it up," Colonel Pearson said. "This is a humanitarian mission. But I need some wire as a control measure between single men, single women and families."Even as Colonel Pearson begged for journalistic mercy, six soldiers unfurled fresh rolls of wire.
NEWS
April 10, 1991
A vast majority of respondents to The Evening Sun's phone survey support United Nations protection of the Kurdish refugees.Of 291 callers, 216 (74 percent) said the U.N. should provide military protection for the Kurds, while 75 respondents disagreed. Even more (242, or 87 percent of 289 callers) supported military protection for a relief effort to aid the Kurds. A majority also supported creating a "buffer zone" in northern and southern Iraq for the Kurds: 198 (70 percent) of 282 callers agreed with the idea.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
What remarkable lives they led. The five men, who hailed mostly from the pinnacle of French aristocracy, were liberals who threw off their own privileges to build a more equitable society. Individually, they danced with Marie Antoinette, fled the guillotine, spied for their country and played a role in a slave revolt in Haiti. All five relocated to Philadelphia, and in just a handful of years managed to exert a lasting impact on the fledgling United States of America. Francois Furstenberg, an associate professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University, follows the exiles on their American adventures in his new book, "When the United States Spoke French.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
The flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America across the United States' southern border in recent months has raised a knotty problem for Congress and President Barack Obama: What do you call thousands of children illegally entering the country without their parents - a failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws, or a humanitarian crisis in the making? Not surprisingly, House Republicans prefer calling it the former, then claiming Democrats and the Obama administration can't be trusted to secure the country's borders.
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