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Connections: Local immigrants react to the Trump administration's policies

Jul 11, 2018

About half of the children under the age of five separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border were reunited with their parents by Tuesday’s deadline, but the Trump administration says it was not able to reunite all of the children in that age group by that time.

Local immigrants are reacting to this news and to policies set by the White House. We hear their immigration stories and what being in America means to them. In studio:

  • Akil Al-Jaysh, refugee from Iraq, U.S. citizen, refugee case manager at Catholic Family Center, and adjunct lecturer of Arabic at SUNY Geneseo
  • Tek Acharyam, refugee from Bhutan, U.S. citizen, case manager and social worker
  • Rose Tomlinson, immigrant from Jamaica, permanent resident, and small business owner
  • Lisa Hoyt, director of immigration and refugee resettlement at Catholic Family Center