Capitol rally draws both sides of emotional refugee issue

  Capitol rally draws both sides of emotional refugee issue | Idaho Statesman Protesters supporting refugees from Syria and other war-torn parts of the world filled the steps of the Idaho Statehouse on Saturday to call for acceptance and compassion, while counterprotesters across the street packed the lawn in front of the statue of former Gov. Frank Steunenberg to call […]

Frank Denton: The other side of the refugee issue

  Frank Denton: The other side of the refugee issue | jacksonville.com The idea launched from Donald Trump’s campaign podium and bounced across political agendas across the country: “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Both Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Lenny Curry didn’t go that […]

Marking World Refugee Day, Kenney vows to make Philly ‘a sanctuary for people who need protection’

  Marking World Refugee Day, Kenney vows to make Philly ‘a sanctuary for people who need protection’ – philly-archives Doubling down on Philadelphia’s high-profile support for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Kenney on Monday pushed back against national candidates who “use immigration as a political football.” “I’m Source: articles.philly.com/2016-06-22/news/73926889_1_refugees-juliane-ramic-hias-pennsylvania  

America’s proud tradition of generosity to immigrants

  America’s proud tradition of generosity to immigrants (OPINION) | OregonLive.com By Som Nath Subedi In 2008, I stepped off a Northwest airliner in rainy Portland. I came as a refugee from the Kingdom of Bhutan. I came to America with a big IOM (International Organization for Migration) plastic bag and $10 dollars in small bills and change in my […]

Heroes of the 500: Biar Atem

  Heroes of the 500: Biar Atem | Fortune Magazine War in the South Sudan severed an entire generation of Lost Boys from their birthplace and their families. Biar Atem is one of them. From age 7 to 21 he lived in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. Source: fortune.com/heroes-of-the-fortune-500/2014/biar-atem-44/  

‘Lost Boy’ in Las Vegas, other refugees find help comes early but doesn’t last forever

  ‘Lost Boy’ in Las Vegas, other refugees find help comes early but doesn’t last forever | Las Vegas Review-Journal When he arrived in the United States as a refugee from Sudan in 2001, Biar Atem wanted to seize his new chance by assimilating quickly. Source: www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/lost-boy-las-vegas-other-refugees-find-help-comes-early-doesnt-last-forever  

Omar Speaks at a Rally

Omar reported that one hour after the rally, the Governor made a public statement to reaffirm her commitment to receive Syrian refugees. We will keep the public education and engagement going. Here is the video. Omar also organized a community forum. Here are some pictures.

Omar Bah, founder of Refugee Dream Center, speaks at the State House Rotunda in support of Syrian refugees

This event to support Syrian refugees and change the perception of these refugees was planned by legislators, community and religious leaders in Rhode Island. Omar spoke in front of senators, representatives, and other Rhode Island leaders as he called on attendees to stay true to the nation’s ideals: “True to the spirit of Roger Williams and the founders of this […]

Biar Atem is featured in the Las Vegas Journal-Review

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada assists many refugees in the area with their transition to the United States, such as through helping refugees find jobs and housing. One of the beneficiaries of such programs, our delegate Biar, came to the United States in 2001 and represents the eagerness of refugees to succeed and assimilate after being resettled. His story was […]

Selena Sujoldzic Participated in Call with White House

Ms. Sujoldzic participated in a telephone conference call with the senior Administration officials from the White House, State Department, and FBI regarding the Syrian refugee resettlement crisis. The purpose of the call was to discuss what the Administration is planning to do about growing opposition to resettlement of Syrian refugees. Call participants discussed the refugee vetting process here in the […]