Still Welcome Here
A year ago on January 27th, 2017, Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which banned the entry of all refugees for 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely, and all individuals from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Trump's refugee and Muslim ban would begin a year of vicious immigration policy deform that has included the defunding of the refugee resettlement programs; increased detention and deportation of members of our communities; continued attacks on Dreamers; the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and the elimination of the Temporary Protected Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Salvadorans.
Over the past year, we've come together and flocked to airports, detention centers, sanctuary churches, city streets, and community centers to reject racist, xenophobic, and inhumane refugee and immigration policy and to send a clear message that refugees and immigrants are members of our community and they are welcome here in our America.
A year later, on the anniversary of the ban, as congress is idling on immigration reform and the future of the TPS program which protect hundreds of thousands, we will come together once more.
At this vigil, we will remind our government and our communities that refugees and immigrants are #StillWelcomeHere.
Candles will be passed around at 5:45pm and our speakers will start promptly at 6:00pm.
This rally directly precedes the 7:00pm Benefit Concert for IRIS and the TPS Alliance / Alianza TPS in Battell Chapel. Link below.
110 Wall St
New Haven, CT 06511
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