August 08, 2019 at 10am - 1pm

Rise For Refuge Press Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 7, 2019,

RISE FOR REFUGEES ORLANDO

As Trump Turns Away Asylum Seekers and Ends Refugee Resettlement, Human Rights Groups Demands Congress Act to Admit 95,000

WHO: Florida Immigrant Coalition, CAIR Florida, Organize FL, Africans For Community Outreach

WHAT: Rise For Refuge Press Conference

WHERE: 1507 S Hiawassee Rd Suite 212, Orlando, FL 32835

WHEN: Thursday, August 8th 10:00 -11:00 AM

FLORIDA — After dismantling the U.S. asylum system, the administration is now considering completely zeroing out the refugee resettlement program. Join the Florida Immigrant Coalition, CAIR Florida, Organize FL and others for a 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.

 

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.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations, Orlando
1507 S Hiawassee Rd
Suite 212
Orlando, FL 32825
United States
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