Refugee puts face on Syrian crisis [Post-Tribune]

(Kyle Telechan / Post-Tribune) Shadi Martini displayed a picture of eight Syrian children in a Turkish refugee camp. "These people are persecuted," he said Wednesday evening at Valparaiso University. "They are fleeing from the horrors we want to fight." Martini, a representative with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, shared their stories and his for more than 80 people at the event, the second of three sessions he was expected to attend Wednesday and Thursday in Lake and Porter counties. Other appearances were scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Indiana University Northwest in Gary and Thursday at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond. Click here to read more about Shadi's prese

Call to Action: Visit your Senators and Representative at home (February 18-26)!

Members of Congress will be in their home districts this week. It is the perfect time to visit -- and tell them you stand with refugees and against a "Muslim ban." Recent Executive Orders are xenophobic and Islamophobic -- targeting Syrian refugees in particular and otherwise discriminating against Muslim travelers and decimating the United States Refugee Admissions Program. February 22, 2017 is the National Day of Congressional Action, but any day during this period is a great time to urge your Members of Congress to stop these unjust policies. Additionally, please let the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees know that you have taken action, and if you have stories to share about thos

Ninth Circuit Court Rejects Reinstatement of Travel Ban

NINTH CIRCUIT COURT REJECTS IMPLEMENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S EXECUTIVE ORDER The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) applauds the unanimous decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, rejecting the Administration’s emergency appeal of a lower federal court decision which temporarily delayed implementation of significant parts of the Executive Order issued January 27, 2017. That order sought to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days; halt the successful United States Refugee Admission Program for 120 days – and indefinitely for Syrian refugees. The resulting chaos worked to cancel hundreds of thousands of visas and to delay or retur

Call to Action Following Ninth Circuit Court Decision

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit temporarily delayed implementation of significant parts of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” The decision permits immigrants and refugees to travel until the lower court can consider the merits of this case. The fight is far from over. *****MFA URGES ANY ELIGIBLE TO TRAVEL TO DO SO IMMEDIATELY***** Please let both the Administration and the Congress know that you OPPOSE any action that could work to deny legal entry and resettlement to anyone, regardless of nationality or religion, and SUPPORT rescinding the current Executive Order. Call your Member of Congress and

Ninth Circuit Court Stay of Executive Order on Immigration

As events unfold relating to President Trump’s executive order issued last Friday, temporarily halting refugee admissions and indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States, MFA remains on top of the situation and will keep you apprised of the latest updates. Following is a summary. On Friday, February 3, a federal judge from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a nationwide temporary restraining order against Trump's travel restrictions, a “stay”, permitting travel to resume and refugee processing to continue as it had before the executive order was issued. The executive order issued on January 27 sharply restricted immigrant and refugee admission to the United St

As Immigration Crisis Deepens, Jews, Muslims Draw Closer [The Jewish Week]

Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, said “separating the myths from the facts” is essential. “Policy is being driven by misinformation and misconceptions,” she told The Jewish Week in a phone interview last week. She cited a recent study by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, which found that only 3 of the 859,629 refugees admitted into the United States from 2001 on have been convicted of planning terrorist attacks, and none was carried out (none of those implicated were Syrian). She voiced concerns, echoed by experts, that the current ban will not only fail to deter terrorism, but may exacerbate the security situation. “By not rescuing those

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