Dinner With a Message

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 6, 2017 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThey came for the food and stayed for the message.

The small dining hall at the Shore Beach Union Church was full of those eager to try food from Somalia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen at the International Dinner last week.

More importantly, the dinner was a benefit for IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based refugee agency that serves Connecticut. The organization has been grappling with the fallout from the Trump administration’s executive orders banning travel from various Muslim countries.

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Refugee Family Grateful for New Life in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 4, 2017 8:00 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThere’s no doubt that the Trump administration’s immigration policies – both the executive order signed after he took office and the most recent iteration – have sent shock waves through local Connecticut communities and those who work with them.

But when Donald Trump talks about the need for extreme vetting, he should talk to John Semahoro.

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