February 3, 2020

Image: No Muslim Ban Rally in Washington, DC on February 4th, 2017 (Photograph by Ted Eytan)

On Friday, January 31, the Trump administration announced the expansion of the Muslim ban, which will now suspend immigrant visas that can lead to permanent status in the United States for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, and Nigeria. It will also ban individuals from Sudan and Tanzania from obtaining "diversity visas," which are provided to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration into the United States.

It is no coincidence that this announcement comes a few days after the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban and it's deep impact on Syrians, as well as January 29th's one-year anniversary of the "Migrant Protection Protocols" (MPP) policy that closes our doors to asylum seekers and wrongfully forces them to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico. The administration continues to repeatedly attack refugees, asylum seekers, and our Muslim neighbors, prolongi...

January 27, 2020

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 to introduce an important resolution recognizing the anniversaries of the refugee and Muslim ban and calling for the enactment of the NO BAN Act. Join us in calling on all Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214) and urging Senators to join as original cosponsors of...

January 14, 2020

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 minimum refugee admissions goal at 95,000 (the historic average since 1980) and increase congressional authority to hold the administration accountable to operate the resettlement program in good faith.

The GRACE Act has only Democrat cosponsors — now is a critical time for Republican Senators and Repre...

January 9, 2020

“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 Syrians were offered money to leave the formal camp, only to find how hard it was live on their own. Some wanted to return to the facility. It wasn’t possible.

Throughout Hatay Province infrastructures groan under the weight of housing construction underway, addressing the need for expanded water and sewer...

October 29, 2019

Congressmen Wilson, Kildee, Chabot, and Gonzalez Introduce “The Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019

On October 28th, Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) introduced the bi-partisan bill HR 4868, the Stop UN Support for Assad Act of 2019, which will ensure that U.S. taxpayer money does not benefit the Assad regime in Syria.

Bennett Gross, Executive Director of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrians Refugees (MFA) welcomed this announcement, stating that, “In delivering humanitarian relief into war-torn Syria, MFA has seen first-hand the Assad Regime’s callous disregard for its people and country. The cruelty has been overwhelming in scale and scope. It is extremely unfortunate that the UN works with the Assad regime to send international aid, which is so often diverted to non-humanitarian purposes and to supporting the further brutalization of the innocent people of Syria. TThis legislation will get to the heart of the matter –...

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