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Join us for #Chicago4Refugees on March 1

The Syrian Community Network (SCN) requests the honor of your presence as we introduce our new, women-led entrepreneurial project spearheaded by Chicago's Syrian refugees! Join us for our launch into spring event on Thursday, March 1st 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Pazzo's at Three Eleven, 311 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606. A reception and…
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Vote for Ryan’s Giving Story to Help SCN Win $10,000!

Ryan just wanted to help. He heard about the plight of Syrians who recently arrived in  America after surviving the years-long civil war in their native country. Ryan met with Syrian Community Network ( SCN) staff in Chicago and was assigned to help the Muhamed family. Through the translation of SCN staff and the universal…
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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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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 director of the Syrian Community…
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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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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 to take action, she got…
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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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