For centuries, the United States has opened its arms to hundreds of thousands of refugees whose lives have been torn apart by war, and those ruthlessly hounded because of who they are or what they believe in. But today, instead of the U.S. continuing its proud legacy of welcoming refugees, it is closing its borders to people fleeing terror.
The U.S. president has signed an anti-refugee executive order, carrying the force of law. The order bans Syrian refugees; bans visa holders from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen for 90 days; and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”) for 120 months. At a time when U.S. leadership is vital to protecting lives, the U.S. is abdicating its responsibilities. This EO signed discrimination into law and amounts to a Muslim ban. Refugees are being scapegoated in the name of national security.
Take action. Urge President Trump to continue resettling refugees in the U.S., no matter where they come from. The United States must not use fear as an excuse to exclude refugees.