Wisconsin aid organizations detail immigration concerns

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The director of an organization that helps refugees says a 24-year-old man escaping violence and torture in Sudan did not arrive in Wisconsin due to President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban.

Mary Flynn is program director of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. She said Monday that the man’s case had been expedited because he was a victim of torture. He planned to resettle in Wisconsin where he had a friend.

Flynn said her organization was to help six other individuals in the next few months whose cases have also been cancelled as of Monday.

Fessahaye Mebrahtu is executive director Pan-African Community Association in Milwaukee. He said many of the Iraqi, Somalian and Sudanese refugees his organization worked with have been waiting for family members to arrive.