Dorcas International Institute

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are taking aim at a new federal policy that separates children from families crossing into the country illegally. The issue already has sparked protests locally by immigrant and child-welfare advocates.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration in April, seeks criminal prosecution for adults crossing the border illegally. That would involve separating children from the adults

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A Syrian refugee is expected to arrive in Rhode Island in the coming days. This will likely be the last refugee allowed into the state before President Trump issues a new executive order on immigration.

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Following the election of Donald Trump, immigrants are expressing concerns that his harsh rhetoric now promises to become policy in the incoming administration. In Rhode Island, advocates who work with immigrants and refugees say there aren’t enough immigration lawyers to answer their clients’ concerns. 

While there are no estimates for how many Rhode Island residents have been affected by a Texas court ruling halting the expansion of an immigration order from President Barack Obama, immigration attorneys at Dorcas International Institute in Providence say they are urging clients to begin the application process anyway.

The ruling affects people brought to the United States as children between 2007 and 2010. They would have been eligible to apply for protected status for the first time Wednesday, but the federal government has temporarily halted the program.