Syrian Refugee Closing Zeeland Business Due to Immigration Concerns, Will Move to Canada
Basel Alyasin is a Syrian refugee. He owns Restore Electronics in Zeeland which celebrated its grand opening on May 20, 2017.
This week, Alyasin announced Restore Electronics is closing “to avoid issues related with our asylum and temporary legal status, which may be revoked at any time.”
When the business first opened Alyasin discussed his journey to the U.S. with the Holland Sentinel. He talked about violence, difficulties dealing with the government and concerns for his family. He said, “When they shoot, they shoot everything. At that time, I knew that things were getting bigger and bigger and worse. It was then I made the decision to leave.”
Now, Alyasin is leaving the U.S. due to immigration concerns. In an announcement on Facebook he explained why he is closing the business and moving to Canada. The announcement was also posted outside of the business, it says:
Dear Zeeland Residents,
Thank you to everyone who welcomed me and my family into this community. It’s been a pleasure serving you over the past few months.
Due to recent shifts and speculation over US immigration policy, we have decided that it would be best for our family to immigrate to Canada. This is a voluntary choice we have made as a family to avoid issues related with our asylum and temporary legal status, which may be revoked at any time.
Thank you to all of the customers, business owners, and community members who supported Restore Electronics. Please pick up any remaining items at 126 E. Main downtown Zeeland.
With deep gratitude,