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The U.S. Left Them Behind. They Crossed a Jungle to Get Here Anyway.

May 21, 2023

The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter Services, which is operated by JFS, is assisting Afghan refugees who were U.S. allies during the war but were left behind when American troops left Kabul in 2021. Thousands are fleeing the country, fearing retaliation from the Taliban. Many know the Biden Administration is clamping down on immigration but are risking the perilous journey from South America through the Darien Gap, which is being advertised on TikTok, Facebook, and WhatsApp by smugglers claiming it is safe. Once in Border Patrol custody, they are considered “aliens,” subject to deportation. The Afghans qualify for humanitarian parole in the U.S., but few have been approved.

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U.S. Border Policies Have Created a Volatile Logjam in Mexico

March 28, 2023

The Biden administration’s tough new border policies have created a dangerous bottleneck in border towns, with Mexican shelters reporting massive overcrowding and increasingly desperate conditions involving tens of thousands of people. The policies have sharply reduced the number of migrants crossing into the U.S. “The number of people in our care has been halved since the start of the year,” said Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services for Jewish Family Service of San Diego, which operates the SDRRN migrant shelter.

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A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

July 10, 2019

Kate Clark, Senior Director of JFS Immigration Services, discusses the impact of the “remain in Mexico” program.

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Border Patrol Facilities Put Detainees with Medical Conditions at Risk

March 5, 2019

The New York Times highlights the medical challenges migrants face as they cross the border in San Diego and other parts of the country.

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As Government Pulls Back, Charities Step In to Help Released Migrants

January 14, 2019

NYT visits the SDRRN shelter run by JFS and partners.

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