Your support is needed to help a group of Iranian refugees and their families in Texas. The refugees were expected to be reunited with their families in San Antonio but are now stuck in Vienna and face imminent deportation back to Iran. The refugees are part of a persecuted religious minority in Iran who were in the process of being resettled in the United States through a policy called the Lautenberg Amendment, which has provided protection to religious minorities from Christian, Jewish, Mandaean, and Zoroastrian communities in Iran.
Learn more about this situation here: Trump administration turns away Iranian Christians, Foreign Policy February 21, 2018
Please support these refugees by adding your name to a letter urging members of Congress from Central Texas to act. The letters asks them to demand that the Trump administration resolve this issue and help the refugee families find safety and freedom here in Texas. We have two sign-on letters: one for organizations and one for individuals in Texas.
Please add your name by Thursday March 1 at NOON.
Central Texas is home to the largest Mandaean community in the country and one of the largest in the world. Despite a promise to help religious minorities from Iran, the U.S. government recently sent denial notices to the Iranian refugees in Vienna and the Austrian government followed with deportation notices. The Mandaean community in Texas is extremely concerned that these refugee families will face imprisonment and torture if they are sent back to Iran.
As always, we thank you for your continued support!