We are in the worst refugee crisis since WWII, with over 21.3 million refugees across the globe. But dozens of hateful anti-refugee bills have been introduced in Congress—and the 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. The executive order signed discrimination into law and amounts to a Muslim ban. Refugees are being scapegoated in the name of national security.
Our longstanding, bipartisan tradition of welcoming refugees is needed more than ever. 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, the U.S. is closing its borders to people fleeing terror because of their nationality.
In the face of this global refugee crisis, the U.S. refugee admissions program must continue to stand as a strong program, reflective of our values and commitment to human rights.
Sign the online petition to tell Congress that the U.S. government must demonstrate compassionate leadership and continue to resettle refugees from around the world without discrimination.