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Tell the U.S.to Keep Its Promise to the Amari family


The Amari family are Syrian refugees stranded in Beirut, Lebanon, after the U.S. government failed to keep its promise to resettle Ahmed,* his wife Amina,* and their four young children - Amir* (4), Raja* (6), Mariyan* (9) and Hana* (11).

They were forced to flee Syria in 2013 because of the ongoing war, and in 2016, after over two and a half years of security review, the U.S. finally accepted them for resettlement. They gave away many of their belongings, as refugees about to be resettled often do, and prepared to travel to the U.S. in January 2017. When the first Muslim ban went into effect, they were left in jeopardy because of the Administration’s discriminatory policies targeting refugees.

The Amari family should be able to enjoy their human rights as refugees, and should not live in insecurity and fear because the U.S. failed to live up to its promise to resettle them. All Ahmed and Amina hope for is their children to get an education — their children wish to be a doctor, orthopedist, surgeon, and designer, respectively. The U.S. accepted the Amari family for resettlement — and now it has abandoned them. Tell the U.S. government to stand by its promise and resettle people like the Amari family.

*Pseudonyms used to protect their privacy and security.

Acting Director
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security