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January 2019
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Why We Must Dream—and Dream Big (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Message from GCIR's Presdient)
It is time for us to dream again—and dream big. We cannot afford to focus solely on resisting our present reality at the expense of designing the future we wish for.
November 2018
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A New “Public Charge” Rule Affecting Immigrants Has Major Implications for Medicaid
The Trump administration recently published its long-anticipated proposed “public charge” rule, which carries enormous implications for Medicaid and immigrants enrolled in the program.
October 2018
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The U.S. Sends an Unwelcoming Signal to Refugees
By dramatically reducing the admission cap for the upcoming fiscal year, the Trump administration seems to be abandoning the country’s long-standing commitment to helping those fleeing war and persecution.
October 2018
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Jeff Sessions is pushing asylum officers to reject more migrants. Will they go along?
The Trump administration’s goal has been clear: It wants as few people as possible coming to the United States without papers. And if they do come, it wants to deport them as quickly as possible. That goal might finally be within their grasp.
October 2018
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Trump scare tactic: Keep immigrants from green cards if they receive welfare
The Trump administration announced a new, far-reaching regulation that appears clear-cut on paper: prevent immigrants from obtaining visas or green cards if they are likely to receive Medicaid, food stamps, housing benefits, or other government subsidies is only half the story. 
September 2018
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A commentary on the "proposed" public charge rule change and its impacts on a broad range of public benefits.
September 2018
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Trump's Huge Mistake on Refugees
The Trump administration is considering another extreme reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States.
August 2018
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Through the Back Door: Remaking the Immigration System via the Expected “Public-Charge” Rule
A commentary on the broader impacts on the noncitizen population of the proposed "public charge" rule changes. 
July 2018
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Immigrant workforce is critical for Minnesota's economic growth
A recent visit to southwestern Minnesota by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis president reaffirms what many economic experts already had determined, but the message bears repeating: Rural Minnesota needs immigrants to work and live here.
July 2018
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The Greek Opportunity: An innovative refugee support system in Greece
In a recent learning visit spanning the Greek archipelago — from Athens to Lesbos and Thessaloniki — our team saw what is really taking place on the ground. While the number of refugee arrivals-per-month has dropped in the past year, the challenges in responding to existing and new refugees remain.

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