Refugee

Kurdish Protest in Downtown Fargo Over Treatment in Iran

Farok says both Americans and the Kurdish people share the same type of democratic values in supporting civil liberties and free speech.

  FARGO, N.D. — Protesters armed with signs, chants and their dedication to get awareness and help for the Kurds dying in protests against the Iranian government. “The Iranian government is very, very clever and very good at shutting media down and shutting internet down so if you’re own city so if your protesting the next city won’t know your…

Immigrant Development Center Helps New Americans Start Their Own Businesses

The center helps with everything from business plans to getting loans

FARGO, N.D. — The pursuit of the American dream is alive and well in Fargo–Moorhead. One organization called the Immigrant Development Center helps new Americans gain their economic footing. Its executive director, Fowzia Adde, came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1997. “I was happy. I was dancing happy. I was too excited. I love this country before I came to…

Catholic Charities To Drop Its Refugee Resettlement Programs

Focus Is Shifting To Homelessness And At-Risk Children

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis is dropping its refugee resettlement programs. The move comes as the state sees a significant slowdown in refugees arriving under President Donald Trump’s administration. The influential charity will shift its focus to programs aimed at homelessness and helping at-risk children. Fewer than 950 refugees arrived in Minnesota last year, compared…

Immigrant and Refugee Students Share Their Journey To America

The students were enrolled in ESL classes at Fargo South and Davies High Schools

FARGO, N.D. — People around the F–M area came together to learn more about the terrifying and emotional stories student immigrants went through on their journey to America. “I heard loud gunshots, screaming, and people crying outside I was inside sleeping at that time, so I woke up and started to look for my mom and my three other siblings,”…

Kurdish Americans in Moorhead Celebrate the Independence Referendum

A vote on September 25th will decide if their home country becomes an independent nation

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Hundreds of Kurdish Americans from across the Valley are celebrating what may become Independence Day in their home country. They first came to Moorhead in the 1970’s as refugees. Many of them came here to escape persecution. Oppressing forces have been at odds with Kurdistan for more than 100 years. At Gooseberry park, a Kurdish community with…

“Step Up and Say NO”: Community Rallies in Support of Fighting Racism

A rally was held at the Fargo Civic Center to show suppotr for our local refugees

FARGO, ND — North Dakota United Against Hate wants the community to come together against racism in the community. Dozens of people braved the cold and wet conditions, but it was all for one reason: to unite in support for all. “In the rain it’s incredible. It’s wonderful,” said Barry Nelson, who is with the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition….

North Dakota Lawmakers Studying Refugee Resettlement

It's slated to meet at least five times and present recommendations to the Legislature

  FARGO, ND — A North Dakota legislative panel has begun its work studying the impacts of refugee resettlement in the state. Fargo Democratic State Rep. Kathy Hogan chairs the 17-member committee and says refugee resettlement is widely misunderstood by many of her fellow lawmakers. The committee began by examining the impact of refugees on such things as the workforce,…

Rally Against Racism Being Held in Downtown Fargo

Organizers say the rally is due to "concerning incidents" of hate filled speech in the community lately

FARGO, ND — North Dakota United Against Hate is holding a rally against racism and bias speech after a few concerning incidents have taken place in the community. KVRR’s Morgan Parrish joins us live from the event in downtown Fargo with more details. REPORTER MORGAN PARRISH: I’m here at the rally where dozens of people are out supporting refugees all…

Victim of Racist Rant Speaks Out About Being a Refugee Living in Fargo

Sarah Hassan expains her cultural experiences living in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — After a racist rant in a Walmart parking lot went viral this week, the women who were threatened say they’re happy to be moving forward. “We forgive her for sure because we’re all human beings in the end,” said Sarah Hassan. Sarah Hassan is one of the women verbally attacked Tuesday night. After meeting with Amber Hensley,…

Resettlement Plans Put on Hold After Reinstatement of Travel Ban

People from six Muslim majority countries with no strong ties to the U.S. will not be allowed to enter

FARGO, ND — The Supreme Court has reinstated part of President Trump’s travel ban. People from six Muslim majority countries with no strong ties to the U.S. will not be allowed to enter. Refugee resettlement has been a topic of conversation in the Fargo-Moorhead area for years. Local groups are speaking up after the president is calling the court’s decision…