Facing New Immigration Policies, Refugees Struggle to Resettle in the US

Since President Trump signed executive orders banning travel to the U.S. for citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen, hundreds of refugees expected to arrive in Rhode Island have failed to show. PCD students and faculty members learned this and more on how the new Trump policy has suspended refugee programs in a special assembly on Thursday featuring guest speaker Baha Sadr. As a refugee resettlement coordinator, Sadr works for the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and has helped hundreds of refugees resettle in Rhode Island from around the world. Beyond Rhode Island, the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. has fallen significantly, especially among Muslims. To help students understand their plight, Sadr directed them to act in an impromptu play where a refugee family must travel to the US to flee war, famine, persecution, or natural disaster.

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