The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable.
On January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, implementing extreme vetting of refugees who enter the country.
It suspends the entire US refugee program for 120 days as new “extreme vetting” rules are developed, even though America already has the toughest vetting program for refugees in the world.
It halves America’s refugee intake to a maximum of 50,000 annually, with a complete ban on admitting refugees from war-torn Syria.
It stops seven predominantly Muslim nationalities – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – from even visiting America. This includes dual-nationals, green card holders, and most visa-holders.
As Global Citizens, we know that opposing viewpoints are a vital part of any robust political discussion. We work with all sides of politics to ensure that governments continue play a leading role in ending extreme poverty.
However, there are basic values that weave the fabric of the American Democracy – like not discriminating on the basis of religion and nationality.
This policy crosses that line.
Refugees are the most vulnerable fellow citizens on our planet, fleeing unimaginable horrors of conflict, persecution and disaster.
These are fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters.
We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin.
We must call President Trump out on his actions and ensure that refugees can have place to call home.
Sign the letter to President Trump calling on him to reverse course.