Impact of White House's Proposed Budget on Refugee Programs

Each year, the President proposes and Congress must pass a budget to fund all government functions. This is an interactive process, typically beginning with the President's presentation of his/her suggestions, followed by Congressional scrutiny and modification -- or wholesale rewrite -- and culminating in an appropriations package finalized by September 30 to keep the government running. The budget is as much a statement of policy as it is an itemization of dollars. Choices made regarding increases or decreases to various programs reflect the priorities of decisionmakers. The President sent his proposed FY 2018 budget to Congress on May 23. With respect to refugee admission and resettlement

MFA Applauds Court of Appeals Decision Upholding Travel Ban Block

New York, NY – May 25, 2017 – Ten judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today upheld the national injunction of a travel ban that would have barred entry to the United States of citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. The Court found that the "Establishment Clause" of the U.S. Constitution – which bars government favoritism or hostility on the basis of religion – was likely violated by the Executive Orders issued by the Administration earlier this year. Both pre- and post-inaugural comments by the candidate and his advisors "drip[ped] with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." Assertions of "vague words of national security" could not disguise this uncon

MFA Joins Refugee Advocates' Statement to the House Judiciary Committee in Opposition to HR 2431

Statement of Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Church World Service DC-Maryland Justice for Our Neighbors Friends Committee on National Legislation HIAS Human Rights First Human Rights Initiative of North Texas International Refugee Assistance Project International Rescue Committee Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Latin America Working Group (LAWG) League of United Latin American Citizens Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors Office of Social Justice, Christia

MFA Program in Orange County Featured in Newport Beach Indy

The Multifaith Alliance For Syrian Refugees held its first Orange County fundraiser recently at Temple Bat Yahm. “It went great,” explained Jackie Menter, member of OC Multifaith Alliance. “It was heartwarming to see the support. It was also very successful. We exceeded our fundraising goal, which we are obviously very excited about. We anticipated raising $20,000, but raised $30,000 to provide direct humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees and those displaced within Syria’s borders.” Jackie, who also serves as Chair of the Social Justice Initiative of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, said that participating local faith organizations included St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Temple Bat Ya

Call to Action: Tell Congress You Support Proper Funding for Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees

Each year, Congress must appropriate funds to keep the U.S. government running and its programs effective. The process for FY 18 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018) has already begun. MFA anticipates there will be efforts to cut funding for international humanitarian aid and domestic resettlement efforts for Syrian refugees, a population that can afford that least. Safeguarding the American public and welcoming desperate strangers are not mutually exclusive. MFA supports both -- and sufficient funding to do so. 105 Members of Congress and 21 Senators have already made this plea to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees, respectively. We urge you to do so. We

MFA May 2017 Newsletter

MFA PERSPECTIVE Two recent executive orders called for shutting America’s doors to the most vulnerable and desperate refugees. Although enforcement of the orders has been stayed, the debate continues. Underlying the text of these orders is the fear that Syrian refugees, among others, pose a threat to America. Sadly, this reaction is not new. Ours is often referred to as a “nation of immigrants.” Yet, previous waves of newcomers have consistently suffered the consequences of prevailing fears—that they would be an economic burden, be a security threat or lead to the corruption of American culture. Irish Catholics began arriving in the U.S. in the 1840s, fleeing the ravages of famine in their h

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