Milford community welcomes 3 Syrian refugees, holds reception

A Syrian refugee and her two children were welcomed by the Milford community Friday after years of fighting for approval to come to the United States.

A reception was held for the family at the Olive Tree restaurant in Milford.

Razan Kassar and her daughters arrived Thursday night after being delayed for six days by President Donald Trump's immigration order.

Razan's husband, Fadi Kassar, fled the Middle East two years ago as a refugee and has been trying to bring his family to the U.S. ever since. In the wake of final approval, his family was stopped from entering the country during the travel ban, when Trump's executive order went into effect last week.

Thanks to the efforts of attorneys and lawmakers in Connecticut, the family was able to be reunited.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy says the Kassars were eventually approved to enter the country since the family was already on their way to the U.S. when the executive order was signed.

"This was so half-handed, it was so rushed. It's an invitation not to make policies like this -- you have to think through these things," he says. "Or you'll end up with situations like this."

Razan's brother is also living in the U.S. and is the owner of the Olive Tree restaurant, where the reception was held.

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