Forum at WNEU addressed the impact of the travel ban

Jewish Family Services resettled 1000 refugees to this region from 2011 to 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western New England University School of Law hosted an immigration policy forum on Friday to address the impact of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban.

A panel of immigration experts maintained that the travel ban was keeping refugees from escaping war torn countries.

The Director of the New American Program, which is part of Jewish Family Services, told 22News western Massachusetts has a long standing history of refugee resettlement. 3,100 refugees have resettled in this region from 2011 to 2015. Jewish Family Services helped resettle a third of those refugees.

Program Director Deirdre Griffin said, “Western Massachusetts has been both a beneficiary and a welcoming gift to people who are very vulnerable. The most vulnerable people on our planet.”

Griffin said one in four refugees that have resettled in Massachusetts, made western Massachusetts their home.

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