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37 refugees kept from Charlotte because of President Trump’s ban

Protesters and police clashed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Saturday night as protesters called on Trump to rescind his executive order
Protesters and police clashed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Saturday night as protesters called on Trump to rescind his executive order WFAE

Thirty-seven refugees scheduled to be resettled in Charlotte in February will have to await a reversal of President Donald Trump’s refugee resettlement ban, Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency said Tuesday.

“Although they were completely vetted, had all their paperwork in order, and had travel arrangements made, this has all been CANCELLED!” the agency said on Facebook.

“We will keep them and their families (some of whom have been awaiting their arrival after years of separation) in our thoughts and prayers while we advocate and wait for a reversal of President Trump’s Refugee Resettlement Ban,” the agency said.

Marsha Hirsch, the agency’s executive director, thanked “all of CRRA’s staff, Board members, stakeholders and interested community members for your ongoing support and advocacy of this decades-long bipartisan program that has brought hundreds of thousands of people to safety and better lives.”

The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it would allow more than 800 refugees to enter the United States this week, an announcement that comes amid widespread anger and confusion following the president’s sweeping immigration order, The Washington Post reported.

Trump’s order temporarily bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and halts refugee resettlement for a 120-day period. However, officials said at a briefing Tuesday afternoon that they would allow 872 refugees into the country, The Post reported.

These refugees were ready to travel and would face “undue hardship” if not able to do so, said Kevin K. McAleenan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They will be processed with waivers through the end of the week, he said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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