Governor Wolf Statement on Assali Family Members Returning to America

February 05, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the announcement that the Assali family is currently travelling to the United States to reunite with their relatives from Allentown after being turned away last weekend following confusion about the president’s executive order:

“Frances and I are thrilled and relieved that the Assali family will finally be able to join their relatives in Allentown. The federal government barring these legal immigrants from living in Pennsylvania, despite doing everything the right way, was short-sighted and unfair.

We look forward to welcoming these families back to Pennsylvania. Our commonwealth, which was founded by immigrants escaping persecution, has always welcomed people from all over the world to share in realizing the American dream.”

Last Sunday, Governor Wolf met with Dr. and Mrs. Assali from Allentown in Philadelphia to speak out against their relatives being blocked from legally emigrating to Pennsylvania from Damascus. His remarks are available here.

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