Resettlement Process Restarted for at least Five Prospective New Hampshire Refugees

February 6, 2017
Concord Monitor
 
"Five refugees whose travel plans were delayed by President Trump’s immigration ban might be coming to New Hampshire after all.
 
A federal judge suspended the executive order Friday, reversing the temporary halt on all refugee settlement for four months and the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. The ban would have also limited new arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.
 
'What we understand is that the State Department has resumed working with the International Organization for Migration,' said Amy Marchildon, director of Services for New Americans at Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord. 'They are looking at scheduling arrivals through Feb. 17.'
 
Marchildon said two families, one from Myanmar and one from the Democratic Republic of Congo, were originally scheduled to be resettled in Nashua and Concord over the next week.
 
Any Ascentria cases beyond that, Marchildon added, are still up in the air.
 
Between the state’s resettlement agencies, a total of 15 refugees, including four children, were directly affected by the ban. As resettlement is restarted, Marchildon said, families with medical needs or with security or medical screenings about to expire will be the priority.
 
'We’re slightly in limbo – it’s a very fluid situation,” she said. “We anticipate more communication will be coming out next week.'"

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