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CAIR-CA: Event to Showcase Refugees’ Stories


WHO: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA), American Red Cross of Santa Clara County, Santa Clara University Campus Ministry, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Asian Law Alliance.

WHAT: An event to raise awareness of how thousands of vulnerable refugees are being barred from entering the United States because of the Material Support clause in the USA Patriot and Real ID Acts. The presentation will include real-life stories of refugees and asylum seekers from different countries and time periods. All of them will demonstrate how this misguided legislation keeps victims of persecution from being granted asylum status in the U.S. After the presentations, a panel will take questions from the audience.

WHEN: March 6, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Recital Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

WHY: The Department of Homeland Security has interpreted the material support clause of the PATRIOT and REAL ID Act to keep out not only terrorists but also the victims of terrorism and oppression. Refugees and asylum seekers who have been persecuted for their religious or political beliefs and seek sanctuary in the United States are being turned away and denied safe haven because of this clause.

CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator,, 408-986-9874; Tim Hellmann, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County,, 408.468.0100


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