Over the past weeks, several organizations on the Northside have spoken out about the Executive Orders on immigration and refugee resettlement policies. Both InterFaith Works and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County work to resettle refugees in our city, helping them to find shelter, employment, medical care, and more. They’ve both published statements announcing their “solidarity with immigrants and refugees” and discussing how the ban could effect their efforts.
Statement on Executive Orders: Catholic Charities of Onondaga County
“Locally, Catholic Charities has worked with New Americans for decades. We are familiar with the struggles of immigrants as well as being well-versed in their countless contributions. Syracuse is a city with a proud immigrant history that includes the Irish, Polish, Greek, Germans, Italians, Ukranians, and many more. The integration of 21stcentury immigrants and refugees is a continuation of that history.
According to Executive Director, Mike Melara, ‘There are over 200 refugees that are currently in the queue to come to Syracuse. They have endured years of persecution and, in some cases, torture, only to find their hopes of freedom dashed by the stroke of a pen. This is a human tragedy.’ While the new administration wants to take 120 days to suspend all resettlements so it can examine the refugee vetting process, Melara contends that this information is readily available. ’The process for vetting refugees is rigorous and well documented.’
Catholic Charities reaffirms its solidarity with immigrants and refugees who come to this nation to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.”
To read the entire statement, click here.
Beth A. Broadway’s letter to friends and constituents regarding the Executive Order on refugee resettlement: InterFaith Works
“The recent Executive Order of the Trump Administration severely limits refugee resettlement for our nation. It is a bitter pill to swallow for an agency like ours which has worked tirelessly to support the hundreds of people coming out of war and terror to find a new home in a new land.
The Order halts the arrival of new refugees for at least four months, preventing mothers from joining their children, husbands from joining their wives and families, and sisters from joining their brothers. Our agency has specialized in the reunification of families who have been separated from each other and one of our greatest joys has been to see these reunifications happen at the airport and in our community. . .
Our agency will not close. Our work and mission are more important now than ever before. Our Board, supporters, and staff are committed to using this time to strengthen the agency’s ability to serve refugees once the American door is again open to them. We are committed to an expanded dialogue to include ALL Americans, including those that support the Trump agenda, so that honest, courageous conversations can be fostered.
In the four months of closure, we will be forced to lay off a significant number of staff and reduce salaries for even more. Every one of us remains committed to the mission of the agency, and we pledge to undertake this regrettable task with dignity for all.
AND, we will redouble our efforts . . .”
To read the entirety of the letter, click here.
To follow the efforts of both organizations during this time, follow them on Facebook and visit their websites:
InterFaith Work’s Facebook page and website
CCOC’s Facebook Page and website