Taking #RefugeesWelcome to the Streets

By Gabe Cahn, HIAS.org

Following the executive order issued on Friday, January 27, citizens from coast to coast took to the streets to raise their voices for refugees.

Once news broke that refugees and other travelers were  being detained at major U.S. airports, tens of thousands people spontaneously flocked to ports of entry across the country. They came with a simple message: refugees are welcome here.

As HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield told MSNBC host Ari Melber on Sunday, January 29, “what I’ve seen over this weekend has been one of the best things I’ve ever seen… Americans in the streets, chanting ‘no hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here’ made me proud to be an American.”

The fight to make this country a place that welcomes refugees is becoming contagious. Actions continue to pop up organically throughout the United States, drawing big crowds of people committed to the values this country was founded upon. Providing freedom and safety to the persecuted, offering refugees a safe haven--that’s what makes America strong.

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