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INTERVIEW: Preview of Afghan Refugee Forum with Jason Lief of the National Immigration Forum

National Immigration Forum

Around 75,000 Afghan refugees now call the United States home, including northwest Iowa. On Monday, February 7, two refugees will share their stories during a special forum at the Mary J. Treglia Community House. The event is sponsored by the National Immigration Forum. A member of the organization and Professor at Northwest College in Orange City, Jason Lief gives us a quick overview and his thoughts on immigration in Siouxland. Here’s his conversation with Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer.

Jason Lief serves as a bible, badges, and business mobilizer with the National Immigration Forum, where he serves as a bible, badges, and business mobilizer. He also teaches practical theology at Northwestern in Orange City.

Jason Lief

News release submitted by the National Immigration Forum:

Conversation to Focus on Christian Welcome for Resettled Afghans   7 p.m. Monday; register for the event here

Sioux City — Afghans resettled in northwest Iowa will share their stories Monday at an event geared toward how local Christians can welcome our new neighbors.

Attendees at “Loving Our Immigrant Neighbor: Afghan Refugees” will hear from Halima Shokuri, a Northwestern College student who was in Afghanistan as the U.S. withdrew and later worked with Afghans temporarily housed at the Fort McCoy military base in Wisconsin. Shokuri also has helped the Mary Treglia House in Sioux City resettle Afghan individuals and families. Reza Akrami, who recently resettled to the Sioux City region, will also speak.

WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7


Mary J Treglia Community House

900 Jennings Street

Sioux City, IA 51105


Halima Shokuri, Northwestern College student from Kabul, Afghanistan

Reza Akrami, who recently resettled to the Sioux City region

Jason Lief, Bibles, Badges, and Business mobilizer for the National Immigration Forum and professor of practical theology at Northwestern College in Orange City

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.