Episcopal Public Policy Network issues alert on anticipated Trump actions to place additional restrictions on refugees entering U. S.

Posted Jan 25, 2017

[Episcopal Public Policy Network] Numerous media outlets are reporting that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order that would drastically reduce the number of refugees coming into the U.S. and place restrictions on refugees coming from particular countries. This would harm the U.S. refugee resettlement program, and cause immeasurable harm to thousands of refugees and their families. Reports include that President Trump will impose restrictions on refugees from certain countries that might include Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the U.S., put a temporary halt on admission of all refugees, or significantly lower the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. each year.

While these are only just reports at this time, we fear that a version of these restrictions on resettlement will be announced in the coming days. The president has full authority to limit the number of refugees each year. It is critical that President Trump hear from faith leaders that oppose any kind of ban or drastic reduction on resettlement.

The Episcopal Church has long been engaged in the United States’ work of refugee resettlement through Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a key tool through which the U.S. advances its global leadership and invests in the success of American communities and refugee families. Additionally, the resettlement program is an emblem of our nation’s values of religious freedom and equal opportunity for all, regardless of background. Refugees admitted through the U.S. refugee resettlement program undergo extensive security screening before admission. Once they arrive, community organizations, like EMM’s local affiliates, and Episcopal congregations provide critical services to ensure their success in their new home.

Will you take action and speak out against any policy that would bar refugees from resettlement based on religion or nationality, and encourage our government not to reduce the number of refugees who enter the U.S.?

  1. Sign and share this petition declaring your support for the refugee resettlement program
  2. Write an op-ed in your local paper
  3. Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network for advocacy updates
  4. Add your name to the Religious Leader Sign On Letter Supporting Refugee Resettlement
  5. Hold a vigil of support for refugees