Refugees stay in Trump's childhood home

Refugees stay in Trump's childhood home

The anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam rented out President Trump's childhood home in Queens over the weekend, footing the $725 per night bill for refugees to stay at what is now an Airbnb.

The effort was designed to call attention to Trump policies preventing refugees from being resettled in the United States.

Trump's travel ban temporarily suspended the refugee resettlement program, and reports have circulated in the last week that Trump could cut in half the number of refugees the United States accepts.

“We wanted to send a strong message to Trump and world leaders that they must do more to welcome refugees,” Shannon Scribner, acting director for the humanitarian department of Oxfam America, told The Associated Press.

The stunt is taking place as world leaders arrive in New York for the United Nations summit. 

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Eiman Ali, a 22-year-old refugee from Yemen staying in the home, called Trump’s words and actions against refugees “very eye-opening and hurtful because I have invested a lot in this country.”

Ghassan al-Chahada, a 41-year-old Syrian refugee, told the AP that he is afraid to leave the country because he might not be able to re-enter under the travel ban.

“I would advise him to remember, to think about how he felt when he slept in this bedroom. If he can stay in tune with who he was as a child, the compassion children have and the mercy, I would say he’s a great person,” Chahada said.

Trump’s childhood home has been listed on Airbnb since at least August, and includes items related to Trump like a copy of “Art of the Deal” and life-size cutout of Trump that “is a great companion for watching Fox News late into the night,” according to the listing.

The home, located in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, was sold in March for $2.14 million. 

Trump lived in the home, which can house 20 people with five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, until he was 4.