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Refugees, Civic and Faith Leaders in Front of the White House to Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban

On Thursday, March 16th, SCN participated at a press conference organized by one of the oldest resettlement organizations, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in front of the White House. IL Congressman Luis Gutierrez was the keynote speaker and partner organizations - ACLU, Human Rights First, Church World Services, along with SCN and others spoke to…
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Trump won’t make America great again without refugees

The president has decided that none of them can come here either for the next 120 days. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a Baptist Chin family that fled Burma like the one I wrote about at Christmas or a pair of 20-something cousins from the Congo who have spent the past 18 years in a…
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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 it to return to Europe.…
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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 ban was announced Friday, Department…
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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 wake-up call," said Jen Grant…
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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 overdrive, hoping to mount successful…
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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 to think they are. “There…
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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 18,000 Syrian refugees — out…
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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 signed as early as Thursday,…
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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 social media does not replace…
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