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TODAY! Tell Congress you stand with refugees

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Congress is considering legislation that would severely limit funding to protect and serve refugees in the United States and overseas. As we approach two historic summits on refugee protection by the United Nations and President Obama this month, we need the U.S. government to show bold leadership. 

Join us TODAY for a national call-in to make your voice heard and tell Congress to increase refugee protection and resettlement. At a time when there are over 65 million displaced people in the world, the largest refugee crisis in history, we cannot allow this legislation to pass. Today, tell Congress to support welcoming communities and to help refugees integrate and thrive.


URGENT: Tell your senators that refugees are NOT our enemies

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Join us in telling our nation's leaders to oppose legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the doors to these refugees. Our country is repeating the same mistakes of the past when we closed our doors to Jews fleeing the Nazi regime and punished innocent Japanese Americans with illegal internment.

Tell your senators that refugees are not our enemies!


Elected and community leaders stand united in opposition to anti-refugee bill before US Senate

Public urged to encourage elected officials to keep doors open to Syrian and Iraqi refugees

DEARBORN, Mich.—Community leaders, individuals and elected officials came together today at the ACCESS headquarters—the largest Arab American nonprofit in the U.S.—to oppose the anti-refugee rhetoric and legislation that is causing Michigan and local communities to deny humanitarian efforts to refugees.  

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Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner speaks at a media conference Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at ACCESS headquarters—the largest Arab American nonprofit in the U.S.—to oppose the anti-refugee rhetoric and legislation that is causing Michigan and local communities to deny humanitarian efforts to refugees. Behind him (left to right) are: Fayrouz Saad, Director of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Detroit; State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit); ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber; Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President; and Donnell R. White, Executive Director of the Detroit Branch NAACP. See more photos here.


Elected officials to join national Arab American network, anti-hate campaign in support of Syrian, Iraqi refugees

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Public called on to contact local, state and national elected leaders to keep doors open to refugees

DEARBORN, Mich.—The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE invite you to a media conference regarding HR 4038, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the door to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. 


DEAR SENATORS: Refugees are NOT our enemies.

Join us in telling our nation's leaders to oppose legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the doors to these refugees. Our country is repeating the same mistakes of the past when we closed our doors to Jews fleeing the Nazi regime and punished innocent Japanese Americans with illegal internment. 

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The House of Representatives passed the bill in November 2015. The legislation is now going before the Senate in the week of Jan. 18, 2016.

Tell your senators that refugees are not our enemies! [Scroll down to send a letter today.]

The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. More than 4 million Syrians have fled from their home country fleeing conflict and violence, and 6.5 million are displaced internally. We need true leadership at this time of crisis where we join the international community against the common enemy terrorizing our nations. By closing our doors, we are not only victimizing families in need, but we lose credibility around the world with this hateful and divisive piece of legislation. This bill only divides and increases fear. 

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, urges you to please contact your U.S. Senator through the form below and urge them to stop this irresponsible legislation. Ask your senators to uphold our American values by welcoming refugees.

Join us in demanding that our senators stand with the millions of Americans who support and welcome refugees. Please send a letter today!


Brooklyn Arabs disagree with rhetoric on Syrian refugees

Arab American Association of New York, a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) member, was featured in an article by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

But the U.S. shouldn’t paint all Syrians with a broad brush, said Linda Sarsour, an Arab-American leader in Bay Ridge.

Sarsour, executive director of the nonprofit Arab-American Association of New York, has started a petition drive to call on the nation’s governors to stop their rhetoric.

“We demand these governors and other elected officials stop using their hatred and xenophobia to shut out Syrian refugees who are in dire need of normalcy and safety. We call on these governors to refrain from making decisions and engaging in rhetoric rooted in misinformation and fear,” Sarsour said in a statement.  


Syrians in California feel backlash as refugees face new hurdles

Access California Services, a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) member, was featured in an article by The Orange County Register:

“They’re fleeing from war. They’re fleeing from air raids, ground artillery fire. It’s just been a constant for the last four years,” said Suhail Mulla, associate director of Access California Services, an Anaheim group that provides services for Arab Americans and other Muslim Americans. “People stay as long as they possibly can. That’s their home. Nobody wants to leave their home,” he added.

“But when the danger hits close, then people say, ‘That’s enough. We can’t do this anymore.’”


Tell your governor to say yes to refugees

If your governor has remained silent and has not yet expressed support for Syrian refugees, call on him or her to publicly promise to welcome all refugees, including Syrians, by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have remained silent and their contact information at the bottom of this page.


Tell your governor to reconsider decision and support refugees

If your governor has expressed opposition to Syrian refugees settling in your state, tell him or her that you are disappointed with this dangerous decision by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have said no and their contact information at the bottom of this page.


Thank your governor for saying yes to refugees

If your governor has expressed support for Syrian refugees, thank him or her for promising to continue welcoming all refugees by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have said yes and their contact information at the bottom of this page. 


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