The Refugee Experience in the United States

Welcome to the New World

The true story of a Syrian family’s first months in America is told in a multi-part cartoon that began in January.

-The New York Times


“We have dreams. We have hopes. All of us are ambitious,” Saba, a former refugee from Iraq describes her family’s life in America.

-U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants

Adam Babiker

Adam Babiker, from Darfur, who served in the U.S. army and is co-founder and CEO of the Darfurian Association of Greater Houston, shares what America means to him.

-Veterans for American Ideals

Facts and Figures



Refugees and Asylees in the United States

This new report gives the latest figures on resettlement in the U.S.

-Migration Policy Institute

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

This article describes the lifting of the State Department’s restrictions on the number of refugee admissions and estimates the totals for 2017 to be about 70,000.

-The New York Times

Number of refugees settling in U.S. drops sharply

Here  is a review of U.S admissions with a special emphasis on Texas and Houston.

Policy and Law

Questions and Answers About the Travel Ban Case

On June 26, the Supreme Court allowed partial implementation of the travel ban for individuals who do not have “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.” A Q and A from the New York Times explains the Supreme Court’s action.

-The New York Times

Refugee Ban Could Have Devastating Effect

This article details the partial ban’s effect on thousands of refugees around the world in the process of being resettled.

-Amnesty International, USA

Advocacy and Support


E-mail your Senators

Email your senators, and tell them that you support refugees. Ask them to work to change the Trump administration’s guidance on refugee admissions.

Call your Congresspeople

Call your members of Congress to urge the administration to recognize the relationships refugees have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies and to allow resettlement to continue this year.


Take Action

There are many ways you can help welcome newcomers in our community. Welcoming America’s list of 16 actions has something that each of us can do.