Immigration

Families Belong Together Marches

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 1, 2018 1:25 pm | Comments (2)

Barbie Dubois.PhotoRallies and marches are continuing across the country. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, people across the country have rallied for women’s issues, health care, gun control, and now protection of immigrants. Despite the intense heat and humidity over most of the country, people turned out in droves. More than 750 demonstrations were held covering each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Barbie Dubois.PhotoThree Connecticut towns hosted rallies Saturday – in Middletown, where US Rep. Rosa DeLauro spoke; the Two Wrassling Cats, in the small town of East Haddam, which is turning out to be a hotbed of progressive activity; and Deep River Town Hall.

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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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