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.
No one is safe inside Libya. Within the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have made the difficult decision to leave. Many of these refugees and migrants are now stranded at the border between Libya and Tunisia.
There’s been no shortage of outrage expressed by world leaders over this deplorable situation. But as the weeks of conflict drag on, the need to resettle refugees and assist migrants in returning to their homes becomes more and more urgent.