CWS Lancaster in the Media

‘Now they live in the light’: A Syrian refugee family finds only love and compassion in America

The Washington Post:

February 10, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. — Maher Almahasneh returned home from his English language class to a small living room filled with guests. He calls them friends.

Harley Kooker, a 71-year-old dairy cattle veterinarian, was huddled in a kitchen corner assembling a new portable washing machine he’d persuaded a local appliance store to donate. His wife, Kate, was sitting on the couch letting the Almahasnehs’ 7-year-old daughter measure her head and her waist with a tape measure. Their case manager from Church World Service was also there, as was an Arabic translator. Within the hour two more women from their Mennonite church welcome team would drop in to say a quick hello…

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The Nation:

By Michelle Chen FEBRUARY 9, 2017

Since President Trump issued his “Muslim ban” executive order, the country has been rocked by a cascade of political chaos, and now a critical legal battle that could soon reach the Supreme Court. But another, less visible crisis is unfolding in communities around the country, where global refugee diasporas have put down roots. For those set to arrive from the seven majority-Muslim nations targeted by the ban, Trump’s blatantly discriminatory decree represents an overarching challenge surrounding his election: how to bridge the divides of ideology and cultural difference in an insecure world.

While the various court challenges to the ban move ahead, refugee lives hang in the balance in Lancaster, Pennsylvania…

For Syrian refugees, uncertainty as legal battle over immigration ban unfolds

PBS News Hour:

 Feb 7, 2017

A Joyful Bustle to Get Ready for Guests: Syrian Refugees

NY Times:

A Resettlement Mission Upended by the Sweep of a President’s Pen

NY Times:

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