Hundreds came together Sunday afternoon at Asbury Hall on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo for a solidarity party. The party was meant to show support for both refugees and immigrants. Immigrants like Nadia Shahram. “Buffalo is home,” she said.
Shahram was born in Iran but came to the U.S. after the Iraq war. Iran was one of seven countries named in President Trump's initial executive order temporarily banning refugees from entering the U.S. That order has since been over turned. But, President Trump will likely rework it or introduce another. “The kind of travesty of justice that we've seen affects all of us and we need to stand together as a community,” said Kari Winter.
Winter organized the event. “We collectively feel that they are vital to our wellbeing in every kind of way.” “There are policies that are going to affect all of us and we all need to come together to speak against some of the negative ramifications,” explained Shaanta Murshid.
Nadia Shahram included. She loves living in Buffalo and practicing law in Amherst. Those are opportunities she might have missed if she were denied entry all those years ago. “I'm very proud to be a U.S. Citizen. And I am even more proud to be a Buffalonian.”
This is the first time the event was held for immigrants, refugees, and international students. In the past, it was thrown to honor women.