FILE - Transportation Security Administration officers work at a checkpoint at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 5, 2019.
FILE - Transportation Security Administration officers work at a checkpoint at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 5, 2019.

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Refugee restart

The U.S. refugee program resumed this week, after more than a month delay while the White House and Congress faced off over a dramatic cut to the number of refugees who will be admitted in the coming year. The final result? Largely what the Trump administration wanted.

Faith leaders and members of human rights groups protest outside of the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration calling congress…
US Restarts Refugee Program
The State Department reports 199 people from 13 countries traveled to the US on Tuesday, ending a pause in arrivals that lasted more than a month

Women take charge

If three's a trend, then U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar started it — two Somali-American women won local elections in separate U.S. cities this week, both of whom — like Omar — came to the country as refugees.

Voters cast their ballots in state and local elections at Pillow Boro Hall in Pillow, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2019. …
2 Somali Americans Elected to City Councils in US
Both are Democrats and also 23-year-old hijab-wearing Muslim women

UNRWA shakeup
The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees resigned during an internal investigation into how he was running the organization. Pierre Krähenbühl stepped down as UNRWA also faces a funding struggle following a cut to contributions from the United States last year.

Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), gives a press…
Head of UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Resigns Amid Investigation
Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl resigned after being placed on administrative leave as misconduct allegations were investigated

Border wall breaches

People are cutting through Trump's "virtually impenetrable" border wall, prying the metal rods enough to allow humans to pass through. These are parts of the barrier that replaced previous construction.

With a section of the wall in the background President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday,…
Smugglers Cutting Through Trump's 'Virtually Impenetrable' Border Wall  
Migrants entering US with help of hardware store saws

From the Feds

Polish nationals now have streamlined access to U.S. travel after being included in the Visa Waiver Program.

Two men were indicted this week in an alleged visa fraud ring that focused on South Koreans. More than 100 people paid the California-based suspects between $30,000 and $70,000 to come to the U.S., often with falsified documents.