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Some current Delaware refugee resettlement cases face complicated family dynamic

While President Trump’s travel ban is in court again Monday, several refugee families are still awaiting travel plans to fly to Delaware.


The 10 cases involve several hard-crossed cases in which family members are spread across different, but linked resettlement cases.


“If a parent is part of a nuclear family and that involves children, then they can be part of the same case," said Sarah Green, Refugee Resettlement Coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Delaware. "However, if their children age out – if they turn 21 – then they’re no longer able to be unified through the same application.”


Once refugees reach the age of 21, they must have their own separate case.


According to a state department spokesperson, cases of extended family members can also be linked. However, they couldn’t provide numbers to show how many refugee cases nationwide are hard-crossed.


However, data from the Refugee Processing Center shows 3,133 refugee cases involving 7,047 individuals who’ve settled across the U.S. since March 1st.

Half of the 10 Delaware refugee cases are hard-crossed and connected to two refugee families.

The remaining five cases include a Special Immigrant Visa case - reserved for Iraqi and Afghan nationals employed by the U.S. government - and a family reunification case.




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