Friday was a historic day in the United States, when new President Donald Trump signed an executive order making changes to refugee immigration policies.
This order includes a four-month suspension to America’s refugee program, during which the process will be reviewed and revised in more detailed.
The number of refugees allowed into the United States has been decreased to 50,000, a considerably lower amount than the previous number of 110,000. The President cited his executive order as necessary to combat radical Islamic terrorism at home, saying “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
Just as the President made breaking news with his new refugee policy, a Syrian family’s immigration came to a close at Tucson International Airport.
The Hesso family, including Ibrahim, his wife and their two children, spent three-years applying and waiting for refugee status in the United States, attempting to secure a better life away from the ruins of war-torn Aleppo, Syria.
Now, hundreds of thousands of families living in dangerous parts of the world and seeking safety are faced with an unclear future, as significantly less applications will be processed and it will be more difficult to earn entry into the United States.
Tucson welcomes approximately 1,200 refugees each year, many of whom are assisted by The Iskashitaa Refugee Network and other local organizations and agencies. It is not clear yet how Trump’s executive order will impact funding for these organizations.