Press Release - March 6 - 2017.pdf
March 6, 2017
ECAC RESPONDS TO NEW EXECUTIVE
ORDER ON REFUGEES
Chicago, IL – A new executive order was signed today which
halts the resettlement of refugees to the United States for 120 days, bans
those from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Sudan from entering the U.S.
for 90 days, and reduces the refugee admissions ceiling from 110,000 to a
meager 50,000. The new order replaces the previous order which was blocked by
the judicial system.
The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) once
again condemns the decision which places thousands of vulnerable people in
suspended risk and calls upon the administration to resume the refugee
admissions program. A four month halt to the program will have a grave impact
on real lives – most of whom are women and children.
The United States of America has a long standing tradition
of welcoming refugees fleeing persecution from around the world – offering
safety and opportunity to the most vulnerable. Moreover, the United States is a
country built of hard working immigrants and refugees who have sacrificed to
make great contributions to the country.
ECAC has been heartened by the outpouring support for refugees
it has seen across the nation and within the local community. Continued support
and welcoming to those who have fled persecution is vital during this
concerning time. ECAC calls upon the local community to stand with refugees.
The executive orders have directly impacted ECAC as an
organization and dedicated staff who pour themselves into this challenging
humanitarian work. Facing immediate funding cuts, ECAC was forced to release
five of those dedicated individuals – nearly half of its operating staff. Continued
suspension of the refugee resettlement program will have a detrimental impact
on ECAC, its staff, operations, and most importantly its clients.
ECAC asks its community and all concerned individuals to
join with our on-going fundraising campaign to provide emergency support to the
agency which is currently serving hundreds of refugees in Chicago. Please help
us keep our doors open, prevent further staff layoffs, and continue services to
those who are affected most.
FOLLOW THE LINK TO DONATE:
About the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago
The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC)
is a community-based non-profit organization committed to serving the
educational, cultural, psychological, and socio-economic needs of low income
and underserved immigrant and refugee populations. ECAC is also a gathering
point and source of support for Ethiopians in Chicagoland and encourages the
dissemination of Ethiopian culture through educational and social events,
celebrations, and a cultural museum.
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