Executive Order 1/27/17

I work with refugees. My heart was broken today as I watched DT sign an executive order preventing refugees from coming to the United States for 120 days, and suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees until a “strengthened” vetting process is put in place. Refugees already experience a demanding and laborious vetting process that lasts years before they are able to be resettled.
DT stated, “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.” The refugees I have had the privilege of meeting are the most loving, educated, and accomplished individuals I know.
On Wednesday we visited the library and came across this chalkboard that said “Before I die I want to____”
One of our refugees from Syria wrote what is in the photo below. War and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. Refugees are forced to leave their homes and loved ones in order to escape the violence in their countries. Please remember this.
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Tonight my love goes out to refugees around the world. Refugees who now cannot be reunited with their families. Refugees who are forced to stay in their war torn countries longer. My arms are open and I’m waiting for you when this country decides to welcome you again ❤
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Kapama, 2

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Arrived January 2016 from Tanzania

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Shauri, 25

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Arrived January 2016 from The Congo

“I am moving to Michigan this weekend. My friends are there, very many. They are going to work and they will be taking me. No bus! The job is a good thing. On the weekends they don’t work. Saturday is the Sabbath day and it is to go to church. My favorite church is in Michigan.

I will miss the place we went together in the park and played soccer. In the camp in Uganda I used to play soccer.

I am sad to leave my family but I will be visiting on the weekends.

I will miss you, the other Maggie, my case manager Ashley, all my friends, Juma, and my family.”

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Mina, 35

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Arrived November 2011 from Bhutan.

“I have two daughters. I am very happy with my children. They are getting a good education in America, even my disabled child. Hema is a very good student and I am so proud of her.”

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Nasir, 19

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Arrived July 2013 from Somalia

“I’ve been here for three years. I came with my mom, four sisters, and two brothers.We were really happy to come to the United States. I was surprised in the first winter time. Oh my God!

I want to go to college soon. I already graduated high school in my country and have a certificate. I want to study English, Math, Science, Social Studies. A lot of people told me Math is really confusing. But you really have to pay attention to understand. It’s really easy. Everything is hard but if you really try, it’s easy.

In my country, we eat injera. I love injera. I can eat it three times a day.In American I like to eat pizza, chicken pizza! I’m always going for McDonald’s. I can get 10 or 20 of whatever I want! I go to McDonald’s and say I need twenty McChickens!”

 

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Introduction

The name’s Megan. As an AmeriCorps member, I serve at Migration and Refugee Services in Cleveland, Ohio. We resettle over 350 refugees a year. I am inspired by them everyday and want to share their stories with you.

I’m hoping to get started next week. Stay tuned!

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