Ibrahim Hirsi Years after the United States closed the resettlement program for Karen refugees, community leaders still fight to reopen the process.Morrison Johnny considers himself lucky that he managed to escape brutal treatment at the hands of a military junta in Burma two decades ago. But he’s worried about his two brothers and their children — that they might never make it out of the country safely.That’s because, in 2014, the U.S. government ended the resettlement program that had managed to bring thousands of Karen refugees, including Johnny, to Minnesota since in the early 2000s. At the time, observers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, saw what appears to be relative stability and positive developments for the Karen people,...
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Why Minnesota's Karen community is fighting to reopen the federal government's resettlement program