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Richard Blumenthal @SenBlumenthal
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This admin isn’t just closing the door to immigrant families&asylum seekers on our border—they’re rejecting refugees from around the world, telling survivors of global conflicts who've overcome great obstacles there's no safe place for them here. That is wrong—we must do better.
Today, I spoke on the Senate floor to commemorate #WorldRefugeeDay. Refugees who have made America their home are resilient survivors who embrace their new lives and contribute to their communities, even after harrowing journeys to the United States.
I'm so proud that since 2005 CT has resettled almost 7K refugees—our small state has welcomed people from around the world w/the help of orgs like @IRISCT & @CIRICT. Today I shared stories of refugees who've made CT home&highlighted the work my constituents do to support them.
Issa, Aminah&their 3 children fled Syria after Issa was abducted&beaten by the regime. They resettled in Westville where Issa works as a parking attendant, Aminah launched a catering business&their kids are thrilled to finally attend school again. #WorldRefugeeDay
Rafid was an electrical engineer in Baghdad&worked w/the U.S. Army Corps during military operations in Iraq. After receiving death threats he fled w/his family. Now Rafid is a team leader at Schick Manufacturing in Milford&started his own company: Golden Gate CT. #WorldRefugeeDay
Francis&Evelyne fled persecution in Rwanda&the DRC to resettle in Bridgeport. They told my office: “We understood that the American Dream was alive in each of us if we wished to move forward&work hard.” They launched African Families Synergy to support refugees&immigrants.
Trinity College Professor Janet Bauer has dedicated her career to welcoming&integrating refugees. Janet established the Hartford Global Migration Lab, connecting college students&refugees. Her students tutor at Jubilee House&help kids w/their homework at @HPLCT. #WorldRefugeeDay
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