MFA Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Reduce Refugee Admissions to the US to 18,000

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced its plans to reduce refugee resettlement to an all-time low of 18,000 persons for 2020. This is a 40% reduction from the historically low cap for 2019, which permitted the admission of only 30,000 refugees. The new figure is a stunning rejection of a time-honored policy that for many years permitted the resettlement of at least 95,000 refugees annually. There is also an accompanying executive order that would allow state and local jurisdictions to deny refugee resettlement in their communities, despite having been approved for resettlement in the United States. The current refugee crisis has reached staggering levels. More than 70.8 million peo

Support The GRACE Act

Support The GRACE Act This year the United States will have allowed less than 30,000 refugees to resettle in the US. Moreover, we are looking at the possibility of the Trump Administration seeking to completely zero out all resettlement possibilities in the upcoming year. This puts in danger the world’s already most vulnerable groups including Syrians so desperate to flee their country’s nine-year war. The GRACE Act, a bicameral bill introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D.CA.) in the House of Representatives and Senator Ed Markey (D.MA.) in the Senate, seeks to restore American’s strong tradition of a robust quota of 95,000 refugees being permitted to resettle in the US each year. Send an email t

Syria: The Deliberate Bombing of Medical Facilities Demands an Interfaith Response

Syria: The Deliberate Bombing of Medical Facilities Demands an Interfaith Response Summer and Labor Day have come and gone. Religious leaders of all faiths are welcoming their flocks back from vacation, with no lack of topics to discuss. However, there is one – the “weaponization” of healthcare in Syria – that simply demands the attention of religious leaders and their congregations to speak out against a “strategy of war” that defies every notion of human decency. The statistics in Syria are mind-numbing. In nine years, over 500,00 have been killed; 6.6 million internally displaced; 13.1 million inside the country are in need of aid. Recent bombing in Idlib by Russia and the Assad Regime, h

Congress To Hold Hearing on Muslim Ban

A demonstration in Washington D.C. on February 4th, 2017 against the Muslim Ban. (Photo by Ted Eytan / @tedeytan) After two-year hiatus, Congress will hold hearing on Muslim Ban WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Congress will hold a historic hearing on President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, a policy that continues to tear families apart. The Muslim ban enacted by President Trump’s Executive Order, prevents nationals from five Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia — as well as North Korea and Venezuela from applying for a visa to enter the United States. The hearing, entitled “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban,” will be the first congressional hear

Call To Action | Call Congress to Stand Up for U.S. Refugee Resettlement

Call To Action | Call Congress to Stand Up for U.S. Refugee Resettlement Right now, the Trump administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for Fiscal Year 2020, and some administration officials have proposed resettling zero refugees next year. This would decimate the bipartisan refugee resettlement program and follows FY19’s historically low goal of 30,000. The administration has already been dismantling the refugee resettlement program and is planning to grant authority to states and localities to deny refugee resettlement in their communities, undermining U.S. law and violating our nation’s commitment to welcome the most vulnerable refugees. By law, the administration

Humanitarian Relief | Clothing for 1,900 Girls in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in Northern Iraq

In August 2019, an MFA container of children's clothing was distributed to 1,900 girls living in Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq. Just twenty-five minutes outside the capital city of Erbil in the Kurdish Region of northern Iraq, Kawergosk refugee camp is home to some 7,900 thousand Syrian refugees that have fled the crisis. In August 2019, an MFA container of children's clothing served 1,900 girls living in the camp. Each girl received a bag that included two items of clothing, from dresses and animal-embroidered sweatshirts to warm pullovers and colorful tees. The clothing was gifted to girls as young as 3-months-old to up to 14-years-old. For the clothing distribution, MFA worked w

Humanitarian Relief | 9,660 People Served in Jarabulus Refugee Camps in Northwest Syria

In July 2019, an MFA container of humanitarian relief was distributed to families living in four camps outside the city of Jarabulus in northwest Syria. The container served 9,660 people—or 1,425 families—with relief supplies, including water treatment kits, mujadara meals, and hygiene supplies. More than 3 million people are in need in northwest Syria. Making conditions worse, violence continues unabated. Since the end of April, more than 800 people have been killed, including some 218 children and 179 women. The impact of hostilities on women and children, who make up for the 76 percent of the total population, is particularly severe. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been forced to

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