Family separations worry Catholic refugee resettlement workers

(AP) When are my people going to join me? If I travel outside the country, will I be allowed back? When will I see my children? Can I go outside safely?

Workers at Catholic Charities Immigration Services and Refugee Resettlement programs reported receiving many questions in the wake of executive orders halting refugee resettlement and immigration from certain countries.

The answers?

“I tell them we are hopeful – hopeful that, at some point, it will be lifted and that their family can join them,” said Kaska Yawo, who works in the Immigration Services program at Catholic Charities Worcester County, in a recent interview. Yawo estimates he receives 30 inquiries per day about the executive orders. “And we continue to give them hope, and I am very certain that this will not stay like this forever.”

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 27 that halted refugee resettlements for 120 days, except for refugees from Syria, who were banned indefinitely, and barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.

The order also cut the number of refugees to be accepted in the country this year from 110,000 to 50,000. Trump said the directive was necessary to protect the United States from attacks by Islamist militants. [More]