Rise for Refuge South Florida Press Conference
As Trump Turns Away Asylum Seekers and Ends Refugee Resettlement, Human Rights Groups Demands Congress Act to Admit 95,000
WHO: Florida Immigrant Coalition, United We Dream, Miramar Circle of Protection, Organizing Corps Ft. Lauderdale, Women Working Together, Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees
WHAT: #NOREFUGEEBan Miramar Rally and school supply drive for children of refugee
WHERE: 2805 SW 145th Ave, Miramar, FL 33027
WHEN: August 2nd 10:30 AM - 1 PM
FLORIDA — After dismantling the U.S. asylum system, the administration is now considering completely zeroing out the refugee resettlement program. Join Organizing Corps Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Miramar Circle of Protection and others for a national day of action where we will demand that Congress stop these attacks on asylum seekers and return refugee resettlement to historic norms. Additionally our goal is to speak out against the anti-immigrant policies around the state, and the ICE raids happening around the country that continue to instill fear and separate immigrant families.
We will also be collecting school supplies for immigrant children at the event and at several drop-off locations. Please bring school supplies with you to the event at the facility or to one of the following locations nearest you:
Florida Immigrant Coalition- 2800 Biscayne Blvd Suite 200, Miami FL, 33137
Kaylin Printing and Promotional Products- 14475 Miramar Parkway, Miaramar 33027
Broward Democratic Party Office- 8320 W Sunrise Blvd, Planation FL 33322
The following is a statement from Basma Alawee, Refugee Organizer for the Florida Immigrant Coalition:
“A refugee is a person trying to belong to a community. I’ve started to convince myself to think positively and put down roots in my community. I dedicated myself to volunteering, working, studying, and learning about my new home. There are 65 million displaced people in the world today. Every minute, 24 people around the world are forced to flee their homes. That’s 34,000 people a day who leave everything behind in the hope of finding safety and a better tomorrow. I’m one of them.”
For those of us committed to welcoming refugees, it has been a challenging year. Even as more than 25 million refugees are in need of protection around the world--the highest number in recorded history, the administration has returned asylum seekers to harm and cut refugee resettlement to all-time lows And now they are considering zeroing out the program altogether. This cannot happen.
The administration has already banned refugees from seeking asylum if they travel through another country to reach the U.S. southern border. This, on top of multiple policies to keep asylum seekers out and return them to harm. Refugees from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are seeking safety wherever they can - and without access to asylum many will die.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of over 60 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people.
2805 SW 145th Ave
Miramar, FL 33027
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