Update: Travel Ban Temporarily Goes into Effect

Protesters at the #NoMuslimBanEver march in Washington, D.C. on October 18, 2017 On Monday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals largely allowed the Administration’s latest travel ban (its third attempt) to go into effect during further consideration of the litigation. The Executive Order would permanently ban travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries: Syria (both immigrants and non-immigrants), Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad and Somalia. The order had been blocked by federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland in September. The merits of the case will be heard in both circuits in December‎, where MFA is participating as a friend of the court. Using the ratio

MFA's Shadi Martini Featured on the Sporkful: Searching for the Aleppo Sandwich

The Sporkful with Dan Pashman reached out to MFA's Director of Humanitarian Relief and Regional Relations Shadi Martini to speak about a beloved sandwich shop in Aleppo called Serjieh for a podcast. Aleppo was the food capital of Syria and Serjieh was considered a pilgrimage site for food-lovers. But there is nothing in Syria—even a simple sandwich shop—that has been untouched by the war. Shadi, who was a hospital manager in Aleppo, spoke about the food at Serjieh and what going there meant to him. This led into a powerful conversation about Shadi’s own experiences in Aleppo, his remarkable work to aid his fellow Syrians, and what ultimately forced him to flee. Listen below.


An important program presented by The Synagogue Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Crisis. Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ansche Chesed, 251 West 100th Street, New York Learn how current policy impacts refugees and immigrants Hear from a DACA recipient Understand the Jewish imperative to welcome the stranger and protect the refugee Write postcards and make phone calls to elected officials to advocate for policy changes and assist those in need Meet representatives from key organizations and learn about volunteer and advocacy opportunities Speakers include: Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Congregation Ansche Chesed Carlos Menchaca, New York City Councilmember Lourdes Rosado, Bur

Op-Ed by MFA Founder Georgette Bennett: Trump's Proposed Cuts on Refugee Aid Make No Sense [The

Men carry mattresses at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro Congress is beginning to consider next year’s allocations, making this a good time to revisit Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s earlier testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the impact of the proposed FY18 budget cuts on refugees. In that hearing, he made several statements that were either unrealistic or inaccurate. When Senator Richard Durbin asked about the effect of reducing by eighteen percent the budget of Migration and Refugee Assistance on a U.S. ally, Jordan, Tillerson averred that U.S. troops and diplomatic resources are restoring the conditions that allow refugees

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