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SYRIAN COMMUNITY NETWORK WELCOMES REFUGEES TO CHICAGO WITH JOB FAIR

On a sunny Friday afternoon in early March at the Universal School in Bridgeview, 200 unemployed Syrian refugees attend a job fair, hoping to find opportunity. “The refugees have a difficult time finding work, so we do our best to connect them to jobs here in Chicago,” said Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and executive…

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90 Days, 90 Voices – Hadia Zarzour

Hadia Zarzour is a licensed clinical professional counselor and co-founder of the Syrian Community Network, a nonprofit determined to aid and assist resettled Syrian refugees as they build new lives in the United States. Hadia taught Introduction to Psychology to university students in Damascus. She is also a co-founder of…

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Want To Help Refugees? ‘Don’t Just Stay Angry’ — Volunteer, Donate, Hire

NORTH CENTER — Activists who've spent years assisting refugees and immigrants said the recent outpouring of support for their cause has been overwhelming. Rebecca Glenberg, a staff attorney in the Chicago office of the ACLU, said she'd never seen anything like the massive protests that took place at O'Hare over…

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Trump’s refugee ban betrays American values

"We were wrong." That's how then-Deputy Secretary of State William Burns summarized one of the most notorious episodes in the history of American refugee policy. In 1939, the MS Saint Louis carried 937 Jewish refugees toward our shores. President Franklin Roosevelt's administration denied the ship access to the U.S., forcing…

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Chicago Refugee Support Groups Denounce President Trump’s Travel Ban

Refugee support groups gathered in Chicago Tuesday to denounce President Donald Trump's travel ban, calling attention to the hardships the executive order is causing. "We cannot gamble with American lives. I will not gamble with American lives," said Homeland Defense Secretary John Kelly. For the first time since the travel…

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Refugee Ban A ‘Wake Up Call’ For Complacent Chicagoans

NORTH CENTER — If there is a silver lining to be found in President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S., it's that it spurred previously complacent Chicagoans to become engaged citizens, said attendees at a Monday night forum on the refugee crisis. "It's a…

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Locals mobilize against Trump’s immigration actions

On Saturday morning, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul said she woke up depressed, crying and unable to comprehend the action taken by her new president. As a Syrian immigrant, she said Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from that country and six others felt “very personal.” But after a friend urged her…

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What Donald Trump’s Executive Orders Mean for the Immigrant Community

With a few strokes of the pen, President Trump has begun his war on the immigrant community. The new administration is following through on campaign promises to crack down on sanctuary cities, ban Muslim immigrants, and construct a wall on the southern border. Immigrant activists and lawyers are going into…

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Immigration Advocates Call Trump’s Refugee Restrictions ‘Misguided’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Chicago suggest it is misguided for President Trump to put so many restrictions on refugees, especially those from Syria. Mony Ruiz-Velasco, chair of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said Syrian refugees are not the terrorist threat Trump seems…

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Immigrant Advocates Criticize Trump’s Ban On Syrian Refugees

(CBS) — Local immigrant advocacy groups are upset over President Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees. Calling it a contradiction to the values this country was founded on, members of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago called on the president to reverse the move. Dr. Zaher Sahloul says only…

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Trump’s impending bans on refugees and immigrants triggers fears globally

CAIRO – A Trump administration draft executive order to start vetting potential immigrants and visitors, as well as institute bans on refugees seeking to resettle in the United States, will shatter countless dreams and divide families, according to would-be immigrants and human rights activists. The draft order, expected to be…

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Syria advocates call for more than retweeting

Pictures of children attempting to flee war-torn streets in Aleppo, Syria, linger on Facebook feeds while tweets from Syrians in the midst of warfare are read by people around the world. Even though the Syrian Civil War is one of the most documented wars in history, reading about it on…

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Chicago Ideas ranks SCN as 1 of 7 organizations changing the city for the better

If Chicago is going to move forward as a city, it’s going to have to happen from within. These seven organizations are changing entire communities in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges (and without much support). Discover how you can get involved with them to make tangible positive change happen.…

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