JRS/USA Responds to Supreme Court Action on Travel Ban (UPDATED)

30 June 2017

(Jesuit Refugee Service)

The Supreme Court’s recent action allows the Trump Administration to move forward with certain provisions of its executive order banning refugees and certain other immigrants from entry into the United States – the so called “travel ban.” This decision is temporary until the fall when the Court will rule on the constitutionality of the ban.

Although the Court’s decision would allow for many refugees to continue to enter the United States over the next several months, due to their ties to family members in the United States or US entities, the Administration has chosen to restrict entry to individuals with very close family members, barring others, for example grandparents and grandchildren from reuniting. It further refuses to recognize the relationships that US agency vetted and approved refugees have with the government or with the resettlement agencies contracted to receive them. As a result, many refugees, including the elderly, unaccompanied children, and those in need of medical treatment will be delayed in receiving US protection for at least several additional months.

JRS/USA continues to oppose this ban and any religious test for entry into the United States. The rescue of vulnerable people looking to the US for safety in accordance with our most hallowed traditions should not be delayed even one day more than necessary. JRS/USA also urges the Administration to interpret the court order with compassion and generosity in the time between now and the final Court determination. Refugees know the cost of terror and persecution. They are the victims. The U.S. should welcome rather than fear refugees, including those from the countries named in the travel ban. Solidarity, not separation, is in our best instincts and interests.