Open Doors Response to the Afghanistan Refugee Crisis

View our Afghanistan Crisis Resources page for the latest information and advice. In Short: Thousands of Afghan refugees have arrived in the U.S. already and many thousands more will in the days ahead.  Many of those are and will be at Fort McCoy nearby. Although we anticipate that some of the Afghan refugees will arrive […]

Title 42 is Still in Effect

Since it was enacted in March 2020, Title 42 has been used to turn away more than 1.7 million migrants at the Mexico-US border. Doctors Without Borders in Mexico report that Title 42 leaves migrants stranded in highly insecure conditions. “It is a xenophobic policy disguised as public health protection that does nothing but put […]

Will you receive a COVID stimulus check that you don’t really need?

While many have been terribly affected by COVID and the economic fallout from it, many others of us have not been hurt financially yet we may still receive a Federal stimulus check.  If you will get a stimulus check that you don’t really need, please consider supporting the very hard-hit refugee community by giving part […]

Restoring the Refugee Resettlement Program

The Washington Post just put out an excellent article on what it will take to rebuild the refugee resettlement program.Read it here: While Biden can and promises to quickly change the “Presidential Cap” (the number of refugees the U.S. will accept in a year), it will take months to fully rebuild the program at […]

Video: Anticipated 2021 Immigration Policy Changes

Watch JSS Executive Director, Dawn Berney’s and Open Doors for Refugee General Manager, Ken Baun’s responses to President Biden’s plans for immigration reform, beginning with the executive action: Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States. This rescinds the Muslim and African bans on flights to the US, effective immediately. The President […]

Uniting for Ukraine

The Biden administration has set up a program called Uniting for Ukraine to allow for up to 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine to come to the U.S. with the support of a sponsor. To be eligible, they must have been in Ukraine as of Feb 11, be fully vaccinated, and pass security checks. At that time they can […]