This week, we hear about the South Carolina churches receiving masks made by refugees in Greece. Ali hears from two South Carolinians who are distributing thousands of masks to their communities. David Lee is a missionary of the North American Mission Board’s Ministry Evangelism Team. He serves as Director of Lay Mobilization at the Lexington Baptist Association. Robbie McAlister is a former pastor who now is the Southeast mobilizer for Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform.
This week, we hear how refugees in Greece are contributing to the COVID-19 response in the U.S. Zoë Pappis Schultz, co-founder of When We Band Together, tells Ali about how refugees at the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, are making face masks for people in need around the world. Plus, a look at the Trump administration’s decision to extend and expand its proclamation from April that initially barred certain immigrants from the U.S. for 60 days.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing it to remain in place — but the administration could still make another attempt to end the protections it provides for nearly 700,000 Dreamers. Ali talks to Larry Benenson, the Forum’s Assistant Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, about what the ruling means, the options DACA recipients now have, and why Congress needs to pass a permanent solution.
In the final episode of our health care series, we hear about the health obstacles that immigrant communities face, made all the more challenging during the coronavirus. Ali talks to Dr. Sal Molica, a primary care physician at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They talk about Codman Square’s close ties to Boston’s Haitian American community, how they’re working to improve health care access in a diverse immigrant community, and how they’re adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.