Somali refugees face new hurdles in bringing their families to America
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But Somali refugees throughout the
In late October, the government stopped accepting new applications for the program until officials can figure out how to fix the problem.
This left Somalis living in the
Here in Denver, the impact is more subtle since many Somali refugees moved from other states, like Arizona or Minnesota, rather than directly from Africa, and have years to send for their families, says Rashid Sadiq, president of the Somali Organization of Colorado.
But for those still waiting to be reunited with wives and children living in overcrowded refugees camps in
Sadiq told the story of one
guesses there is probably a broker involved, eager to earn a few bucks off desperate refugees. The cab driver has been waiting since 2006 to be reunited with his family, and was almost finished with the bureaucratic process when he learned the DNA test was required. It "costs a lot for families, and costs them for the delay, also," Sadiq says.
Hundreds of Somalis working at meatpacking plants in
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