On Anniversary of Refugee Ban, Activists Take to the Streets

By Joshua Kurtz, Guest Contributor

On Friday, January 27, 2017, as one of his first executive actions, President Trump banned refugees from entering the United States.

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, dozens of American Jews gathered with HIAS, National Council of Jewish Women, and several other organizations to participate in a rally marking the one-year anniversary of the first ban.

The group joined faith leaders, members of the Muslim-American community, refugees and advocates in front of the White House to protest the administration’s ongoing attacks on the United States' refugee and immigration program.

Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, spoke about Holocaust Remembrance Day and the responsibility of the American Jewish Community to speak out for those fleeing persecution.

Joshua Kurtz is a Community Organizer and Avodah Corps Member at HIASFor all the latest news on HIAS’ work welcoming refugees, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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