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CAIR-St. Louis, Groups to Rally in Support of Syrian Refugees, Against Hysteria

websitelogo(ST. LOUIS, MO., 11/19/2015) – On November 22, the Bring Them Here Campaign, STL4Syria and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-STL) will hold a rally and vigil to show support and welcome Syrian Refugees coming to America.

WHAT: Refugees are Welcome Here Rally/Vigil

WHEN: Sunday November 22, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Delmar Loop

6691 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis MO, 63130

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1494245157537193/

CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: fsyed@cair.com

Since the tragic attacks in Paris, 32 U.S. Governors have come out to ‘bar’ Syrian Refugees from entering their states. Though no Governor has any legal authority to take such action this has created a nationwide hysteria against welcoming Syrian refugees. Two months ago hundreds of St. Louisans went to the streets to encourage bringing more Syrian refugees to the U.S. and St. Louis in particular.

SEE: ‘Bring Them Here’: The Case for St. Louis to Welcome Syrian Refugees

SEE: Hundreds join rally to bring Syrian refugees to St. Louis

“Shame on those governors who are taking political advantage of the tragedy in Paris to slam the door in face of refugee families,†said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. “Our goal is to show people in our city, the country and the world that America welcomes Syrian refugees and we are going to stand against political fear mongering.â€

The program includes a rally with speeches from organizers and community leaders in the Delmar Loop, along with a march, followed with a prayer vigil for victims of global terrorism.

Many anti-Refugee Governors are citing possible security concerns. Syrian refugees already go through very strict security screening with the process taking up to two years.

They also have to pass 13 different security hurdles, need approval from both the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, along with in person meetings. Roughly half of all the refugees coming to the U.S. are children.

SEE: Nixon won’t bar Syrian refugees from Missouri, despite Republicans call for a ban

CAIR has created an online action alert to put pressure on Governors and Congressional Delegations to welcome Syrian Refugees.

SEE: http://cqrcengage.com/cair/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=146793

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: fsyed@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

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