Veasey Invites Syrian Refugee Family to President Trump’s Joint Session Address

Feb 27, 2017
Press Release
As Trump Administration prepares to release updated version of Muslim Ban, Veasey stands with refugees

Washington, D.C.  - Members of the press are invited to join Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, and Bothina Matar, a Syrian refugee who resettled in the Dallas area with her family in 2015, as they share their thoughts on President Trump’s restrictive immigration policies and detail the positive contributions refugees make in their adopted homes.

After five years of constant warfare in their backyard and confronted with the threat to join the Syrian army against their will, Tamam Al Sharaa and Bothina Matar, their two children, and Tamam’s father made the difficult decision to flee Syria. After spending two years scraping by in Jordan where they could not legally work, Tamam, Bothina, and their family were finally offered the opportunity to apply for refugee status in the United States.

After a detailed and extremely thorough 18-month application and screening process, the Al Sharaa family finally received the good news that they would be resettled in Texas. The International Rescue Committee has assisted the Al Sharaa family in settling into their new home by connecting the family with employment opportunities such as Tamam’s new job as an experienced HVAC installation technician in downtown Dallas and Bothina’s work at a local textile company that focuses on employing and empowering refugee women.

“It is beyond shameful that Republican elected officials and our President want to slam the door on refugees escaping violence.  We can maintain America’s humanitarian leadership while keeping our nation safe and Tamam and Bothina’s story highlights the positive result when we uphold both these ideals. Refugees like Tamam and Bothina are examples of the hope and contributions immigrants bring to their new homes,” Congressman Marc Veasey said.

To view a video about the Al Sharaa family’s  journey to the United States, click here.

Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33
Bothina Matar, Syrian refugee resettled in Dallas, Texas

To discuss how President Trump’s restrictive and anti-American immigration and refugee policies hurt America’s national defense priorities and immigration legacy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM ET

Longworth HOB 1519

To schedule interviews with Congressman Marc Veasey, Contact: Nelly Decker at 202-225-9897 or by email at

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