Activists in the San Diego area claim to be dealing with 50-60 new Syrian refugees every single day.
Dilkhwaz Ahmed, executive director of the group License to Freedom, claimed in a radio interview with KSNJ San Diego that she registers 50-60 Syrian refugees daily and estimated that 1,000 to 2,000 refugees were in the area, though she was reluctant to give an exact number, as she did not know.
In a response to a question about fear of refugees and terrorism, Ahmed responded that Syrians are the “kindest, most peaceful” people, and added “they are not terrorists.”
In a Nov 24th segment about a Thanksgiving meal for refugees organized by Ahmed’s group, ABC10 reported that since October 1, 2015, 626 Syrians have arrived in the San Diego area, with many going to El Cajon, California, a city in San Diego County.
License to Freedom describes itself as a “non-profit community based organization that promotes nonviolence through community education, self-sufficiency and advocacy for refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic and relationship abuse in the East County and San Diego region.”
One of their core projects is welcoming and supporting Syrian refugee families.
License to Freedom’s “guiding principles” also includes recognizing “that domestic violence within immigrant families occurs in the context of communities suffering from a legacy of multiple oppressions: poverty, discrimination, racism, and colonization.”