|Jesuit Refugee Service asks all Americans to reject the politics of exclusion and fear represented by the Executive Order and to take action to defeat it.|
|Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continues to oppose the arbitrary and discriminatory effects of this radical shift in policy|
(Washington, D.C.) January 31, 2017 — In the few days that have passed since the issuance of President Trump’s Executive Order suspending all refugee entry into the United States and blocking the entry of immigrant and non-immigrant visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries, the chaos that has reigned at U.S. airports across the country has underlined the degree to which the Order was ill considered at its foundation and issued without adequate consultation or preparation by the responsible government agencies.
While in the face of enormous public outcry and judicial action some of the worst initial abuses have been rectified, the effects of the Order in denying entry to refugees in desperate need of protection, and preventing the reunification of American families have continued, with thousands prevented from boarding flights or refused entry upon arrival.
The United Nations Refugee Agency has reported that at least 20,000 refugees alone will be immediately effected by the order. The number of people — the majority are women and children — who will ultimately suffer will be far, far larger.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continues to oppose the arbitrary and discriminatory effects of this radical shift in policy, which we believe violates the letter and spirit of both U.S. and International humanitarian law.
We ask all Americans to reject the politics of exclusion and fear represented by the Executive Order and to take action to defeat it.
Please respond to our Action Alert to urge the Administration to rescind the Order or Congress to take action to mitigate its effects. Now is the time to act with compassion and conviction to restore the values that have truly made America great!
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