Refugees

Refugees in church basement
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Refugees in Cuyahoga County had an $88 million economic impact in 2016. That's according to a new study that also shows they’re more likely to have jobs and less likely to be on public assistance than the U.S.-born population and than refugees nationally. 

Liz Walters
WKSU

The impact of President Donald Trump’s new executive order regarding immigrants and refugees will be felt in northeast Ohio.  And it appears that will be especially so for local resettlement groups. 

One of the best known and most active refugee resettlement organizations in the region is the International Institute in Akron.

Refugee resettlement agencies around the nation are scrambling for money in the wake of President Trump's executive order halting all refugee resettlement for four months. The order is affecting resettlement in Cleveland. 

Two workers have been laid off from the local office of Catholic Charities, as the agency shifts to manage cuts to its government funding.

photo of Sherrod Brown
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says some Republican colleagues are telling him they’re worried about the possible economic consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees from anywhere and any traveler from seven Muslim-majority countries.  

Brown says he thinks there are enough concerned Republicans that if they were to vote publicly like they talk privately, there would be no support for the ban. 

Editor's note: This post includes a disturbing image.

Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says he’s had a lot of calls this week from constituents troubled by President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning all refugees and banning most travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that Ryan says the order fails on both humanitarian and practical levels.

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