WASHINGTON – Following a NBC Connecticut report this weekend, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) contacted the family of Fadi Kassar, a Milford resident from Syria, to work to reunite Kassar with his family. Despite securing refugee status, Kassar’s wife and two daughters, ages 5 and 8, were stopped from boarding their flight to the United States as a result of President Trump’s executive order blocking all refugees from coming to the United States. Kassar has been separated from his family for more than two years.

Murphy’s office is working actively with the Kassar family, immigration lawyers, the U.S. State Department, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“My office is doing absolutely everything we can to bring Fadi Kassar’s wife and two girls to Milford,” said Murphy. “Our country’s greatness is staying true to our tradition of rescuing people from terror and persecution. It’s been only a matter of days since Trump ordered this executive action, and we’re already seeing the inhumane, dangerous, and real life consequences of it coming to light. I’m rattled to my core but I won’t stop fighting to make it right." 

Murphy introduced legislation this afternoon to reverse President Trump’s harmful restriction on refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East. On Friday, Murphy penned an op-ed in the Huffington Post about the executive order entitled, “How Trump Just Made America Less Safe.”