The world is simultaneously experiencing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history and the politicization and dehumanization of refugees. The executive order suspending refugee resettlement and banning travel for individuals from some Muslim-majority countries is having a major impact. Anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim groups have joined forces to advance national, state, and local administrative and legislative proposals to deny safety to refugees based on their nationality and religion, place refugees under continual surveillance, and divide communities. This strategy session will help participants plan concrete ways to counter hate, educate communities, and urge their policy makers to affirm the importance of refugee resettlement and declare that their communities are welcome to all.
Mustafa Nuur, Deputy Chairman, Somali Community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Yasmine Taeb, Friends Committee on National Legislation; Jen Smyers, Church World Service