Jacksonville, FL — Florida Coastal School of Law hosted The Florida Immigration Society’s rally to denounce the ruination of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.  Local faith leaders, elected officials, refugees and immigrant rights organizations joined together to educate the community on the potential of a large scale refugee crisis in the United States.

The rally was led by Basma Alawee of the Florida Immigration Society.  She was joined by UNF Professor Ahmed Parvez; Jose Vega, World Relief Director; Kara Roberts, Adjunct Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law; Peter Gibson of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition; and Pastor Phillip Barber, Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville.  

Despite the great need and ongoing global humanitarian crisis, the New York Times reported that the Trump Administration is seeking to limit refugee admissions to 25,000, the lowest since the program started and a 74% reduction from the historic average refugee admissions ceiling.

“We will fight against the Trump Administration's intent to end refugee settlement, and we will continue to fight the Xenophobia stemming from their policies. Many of my dearest friends and families wouldn’t be alive were it not for refugee programs,” said Basma Alwaee of the Florida Immigration Society.

Florida Coastal School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic
Under the supervision of Professor Ericka Curran, students in the Florida Coastal School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic are involved with both direct legal services to non-citizens as well as legal advocacy projects. Legal services provided include the preparation of asylum petitions, family unity applications and petitions, applications for naturalization and applications for relief under the Violence Against Women Act and the Victim of Trafficking and Violent Crime Prevention Act. 

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For more information contact:

Basma Alawee at the Florida Immigration Society, basma@floridaimmigrant.org or 786-961-2129 or
Ericka Curran at Florida Coastal School of Law, ecurran@fcsl.edu or (904) 680-7700


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