GLENDALE—The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund on Friday issued a statement regarding Syrian-Armenian refugees interested in immigrating to the US. Below is the complete text:
Announcement Regarding Syrian Armenian Refugees Interested in Immigrating to US
The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund, SARF, a coalition of leading organizations in the community, has been committed to providing relief and assistance to the Armenian community of Syria since the destabilizing civil unrest plaguing the country that has played host to Armenians for centuries and was a bastion of safety for hundreds of thousands of Genocide survivors.
In recent weeks, public announcements have been made throughout the Armenian community that the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees along with the United States government have initiated a Syrian resettlement program to assist individuals and families who have become displaced as a result of the continuing unrest in the country.
These announcements as of yet are unsubstantiated and therefore misrepresent the breadth of the present commitment of U.S. government regarding processing and acceptance of Syrian refugees to the U.S. Individuals are offering their “services” in return for substantial compensation to initiate immigration processes, the details of which have yet to be determined by the US government.
Therefore we wish to warn members of the public to be cautious when retaining such services.
In addition to raising funds for the Armenian community in Syria and responding to its every-day needs, SARF is continuously monitoring developments and meeting with relevant bodies to obtain the proper information regarding immigration and refugee matters as they pertain to displaced people of Syria.
We recognize the dire predicament in which the Armenians from Syria find themselves and are steadfastly committed to meeting those needs.
We are confident that upon the receipt of any further development regarding this matter the Armenian community shall be informed by various Armenian media sources.
Syrian Armenian Relief Fund