refugees http://kut.org en Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees http://kut.org/post/another-casualty-government-shutdown-texas-bound-refugees <p>A way station for immigrants the world over, New York&rsquo;s Ellis Island is arguably the truest symbol of American identity.&nbsp;But the island is closed today &ndash; along with the Statue of Liberty and all other national monuments, memorials, libraries and parks &ndash; all as a result of <a href="http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-shutdown-showdown-enters-week-two">the ongoing government shutdown</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Here in Texas, the shutdown&rsquo;s made an immediate impact on incoming immigrants: it has forced the State Department and the <a href="http://www.state.gov/j/prm/">Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration</a> to delay the arrival of refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Eritrea, Burma, Bhutan, Cuba and <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-austins-newest-neighbors-congolese">the Democratic Republic of Congo</a>.&nbsp; And approximately 10 percent of these immigrants come to Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:39:55 +0000 Ryan Groves 8881 at http://kut.org Another Casualty of Government Shutdown: Texas-Bound Refugees