Congresswoman Adams Speaks with Leaders from Mecklenburg County’s Refugee Community
Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) hosted a call with leaders from Mecklenburg County’s Refugee community to learn their concerns following President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order that suspended refugee resettlement in the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“President Trump’s sweeping Executive Order has created chaos,” said Congresswoman Adams. “We already have one of the strictest vetting processes for refugees and yesterday’s call put a human face on the effects of this order. Our community has been deeply impacted and I will be taking legislative action to address our concerns.”
“Charlotte has been a welcoming community for refugees from around the world for decades and it is the hope that future refugee arrival numbers will be maintained as people are brought to safety and a new life in Charlotte,” said Marsha Hirsch, Executive Director of Refugee Support Services. “Refugee resettlement has long standing bipartisan support and is a factor of US foreign policy. Congressional understanding of the impact of the Executive Order on local families that may now be indefinitely separated as well as those already cleared for travel by the Department of Homeland Security is an important aspect of the setting of future refugee resettlement policy.”
Today’s call included Marsha Hirsch, Executive Director, Carolina Refugee Resettlement; Rachel Humphries, Executive Director, Refugee Support Services; Sil Ganzó, Founder and Executive Director, ourBRIDGE for KIDS; Susan Jansen, Refugee Resettlement Office Director, Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte.
President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order suspended immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen for 120 days and suspends the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely. The current vetting process for refugees takes 18-24 months to complete.