Tell Congress to Stand Against Hate and Protect Our Muslim, Refugee, and Asylum Seeking Neighbors

Image: No Muslim Ban Rally in Washington, DC on February 4th, 2017 (Photograph by Ted Eytan) Today, January 27th, we recognize the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban. The administration has repeatedly attacked refugees, asylum seekers, and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable, and discriminating against people based of their faith or nationality. The NO BAN Act is legislation that would terminate the administration’s refugee, Muslim, and asylum bans and ensure that no one is banned from our country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. In addition, Senator Blumenthal plans t

The GRACE Act National Call-In Day

The GRACE Act National Call-In Day The Trump administration has reduced the refugee resettlement program by 80% and set this year’s refugee admissions goal at 18,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Given that there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide — more than half of whom are children — the dismantling of the resettlement program shocks the conscience. It also comes at a time when the horrific plight for Syrian refugees is never ending and growing worse by the day. Join us Wednesday, January, 15th for a national call-in day to urge Republican Members of Congress to co-sponsor the GRACE Act (S.1088 and H.R.2146) so that it sends a strong bi-partisan message, which would set a m

A First Hand Look at the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Turkey

“My future has been taken from me,” the solemn faced doctor told me. He could have been speaking on behalf of so many other Syrians too who now must piece together a new life in Turkey. In November, I visited Hatay province and Reyhanli a town-both of which together now have 500,000 Syrians – a ratio of 3:1 Syrians to Turks and Gaziantep, a modern city where Syrians also struggle. We were standing outside a government sponsored camp near Reyhanli that started with tents early in the war and is now a pin neat reconfigured place with paved streets, a 24-hour hospital, schools and container apartments that could hold a maximum of 10,000 people. There were only 2,700 in residence. I’m told Syria

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