On Friday, January 27, USA President Donald J. Trump signed a controversial executive order on immigration (“Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”) regarding the admission to the United States of refugees and the entry of citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia.
On January 29th, a federal judge in New York blocked part of President Donald Trump’s order, ruling that authorities could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued. The White House, however, maintained that the ruling does not undercut the executive order.
InterAction Members Respond To Executive Order On Refugees
Today, 125 million people are devastated by wars and natural disasters, including 65.3 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. The global population of forcibly displaced people today is larger than the entire population of the United Kingdom.
On Friday, January 27, President Donald J. Trump signed an order (“Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”) regarding the admission to the United States of refugees and the entry of citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. Among other things, the order requires the U.S. government to:
• Halt the entire refugee admissions program for 120 days to determine additional security vetting procedures;
• Reduce the number of refugees admitted in FY 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000;
• Suspend indefinitely the resettlement of refugees from Syria;
• Possibly suspend the issuance of visas to individuals from countries of concern, including nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen;
• Provide a priority of entry for refugees who are religious minorities.
As a tool for policymakers, members of the press, and civil society advocates working on issues related to the global refugee crisis, InterAction, the IFP member from the USA, has compiled a brief list of STATEMENTS OF USA NGOS:
• Action Against Hunger USA – Statement: Action Against Hunger Condemns Executive Order Halting Admission of Refugees (1/31/17)
• American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) – Statement: ARCS Urges Continued Syrian Refugee Resettlement (1/27/17)
• CARE – Statement: CARE Statement on Executive Order on Refugees (1/27/17)
• Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – Statement: Head Of CRS Reacts To Executive Order Banning Refugees (1/27/17)
• Concern Worldwide U.S. – Statement: Concern CEO Calls For A Re-Commitment to American Humanitarian Values (1/30/17)
• International Rescue Committee – Statement: David Miliband on U.S. Resettlement (1/25/17)
• Jesuit Refugee Service USA – Press Release: Jesuit Refugee Service, Interfaith Coalition Oppose Plans To Halt Refugee Resettlement (1/25/17)
• Jesuit Refugee Service USA – An Open Letter To President Trump (1/25/17)
• Mennonite Central Committee – Statement: Welcoming immigrants and refugees as neighbors (1/26/17)
• Mercy Corps – Statement: The U.S. Must Continue To Welcome Refugees (1/26/17)
• Norwegian Refugee Council USA – Statement: Trump May Deny Safe Haven To Refugees (1/27/17)
• Norwegian Refugee Council USA – Statement: “This policy will have profound consequences” (1/30/17)
• Oxfam America – Press Release: Oxfam vehemently condemns President Trump’s harmful and discriminatory Executive Order to slam the door on refugees (1/27/17)
• Oxfam America – Statement: Oxfam: President Trump must not slam door on refugees (1/26/17)
• Save the Children – Statement: Save the Children Statement on U.S. Executive Order on Suspension of Refugee Resettlement (1/28/17)
• World Vision – Group Letter: Letter to President Trump on executive order on refugees (1/29/17)