Locals react to President Trump’s executive order
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — People in Chattanooga who work closely with refugees say they were heartbroken when they heard President Trump signed an executive order to bar individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.
Marina Peshterianu, the Bridge Refugee Services associate director, says this decision will prevent refugees from reaching safety.
She says they were hoping to rebuild their life in a safe and welcoming environment in the United States.
There were already some refugees in Chattanooga and this will keep their families apart.
“We had confirmed travel for 20 people, seven families. Everything was ready for them. All of them already had family members in Chattanooga. They were members of our community waiting for years to reunite with loved ones,” Peshterianu said.
Officials say everything the refugees have done so far to prepare to travel will expire, including their clearance and medical screening.
Bridge Refugee Services is helping organize the We All Belong Vigil that will happen on Wednesday in Coolidge Park at 6:30 p.m.