World Refugee Day and Other News

Dear Community Members,

 We have several things to tell you, all of them good!

 WORLD REFUGEE DAY: We have finally reached the time for WORLD REFUGEE DAY!. This day has been designated by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to celebrate and support the refugees and other immigrants throughout the world.

We have a wonderful event planned, with help from many people and organizations. We’re especially grateful to UU for allowing us to hold the event in the UU Fellowship Room (excellent space and parking, and their fantastic help!). We always are seeking more ethnic foods donated by restaurants (we will have some, though!), and people to help staff the various event tables on and off (advocacy, updates, children’s tgable, food, sale of refugee artwork…). It is a 4-hour event, and we expect that guests will come and go. The attached poster describes the event – if you can post it at your organization or at a local business, we’d appreciate it!  In the meantime, we hope many of you can come for a bit!

AMERICAN DREAM AND PROMISE ACT: Great news! This week, the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). This is a critical step toward a permanent solution for millions of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who have been stuck in limbo for years. Your advocacy made this win possible and now it is time for the next step.

While our community members are still at risk for detention and deportation, the House has the opportunity to act again for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and others at the mercy of cruel immigration policies. Your representative will soon vote on funding for immigration enforcement.

The proposed spending bill includes many strong oversight provisions that rein-in harmful funding – provisions we’ve been asking for. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you to strengthen them and get them over the finish line. Urge Rep. Hollingsworth to take the next step to protect immigrants by divesting from enforcement spending and investing in true humanitarian solutions.

EMPLOYMENT OPORTUNITIES: Thanks to the word getting out about the talented and hardworking immigrants in the area, and thanks to Malcolm Abrams’ great editorial in the latest issue of Bloom Magazine, we have received many requests for immigrant employees. If you have an employment opportunity, or know of an immigrant seeking work, please let us know.

 Enjoy these nice summer days, and we thank you for all your time, talents, energy, ideas, and donations!

Attachment: Poster for World Refugee Day

Take good care,
Diane Legomsky,
Bloomington Refugee Support Network