FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2017
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CWS AND NCC URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO STOP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER AGAINST REFUGEES AND MUSLIMS
Executive order against refugees and Muslims set to go into effect tomorrow
NEW YORK—Church World Service and the National Council of Churches today issued letters to President Trump and members of Congress, calling on them to halt the implementation of the executive order against refugees and Muslims set to take effect tomorrow, March 16.
On behalf of churches and denominations representing more than 30 million Americans across the country, both parties further pledged to immediately and aggressively mobilize their congregations and networks nationwide to rescind this policy and to raise $1 million over the next six months for refugee resettlement in the United States, should the order go into effect tomorrow.
“As a global leader with a longstanding legacy of welcoming newcomers from every corner of the world, we cannot shut our door to the world’s most vulnerable people. This policy is inhumane, bad for business, and dangerous for our foreign policy. It alienates our allies and places us on the wrong side of history,” reads the CWS and NCC letter to President Trump. “We call on you to reconsider and rescind this order, and to affirm the importance of the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. If America is to be great again, it must live up to its promise as the world’s greatest symbol of freedom.”
“Senators and Representatives, the U.S. Refugee Admissions program has always had bipartisan support. Offering refuge to our neighbor in need is simply the right thing to do—regardless of what side of the political aisle you stand on. This is a humanitarian crisis that transcends politics. We cannot shun our duties as Americans and as fellow human beings. Not now,” reads the CWS and NCC letter to Congress. “Members of Congress: this is not what we as Americans stand for. As our elected officials, we call on you to do everything in the power vested in you to stop the implementation of this executive order. We are counting on you to represent us and affirm the importance of the U.S. Refugee Admissions program.”
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org.