CIRC IS OUTRAGED BY TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER TURNING ITS BACK ON REFUGEE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN SEEKING PROTECTION
DENVER – Today, the Trump administration announced an executive order that will grind the U.S. refugee resettlement program to a halt. It will drastically reduce refugee admissions; ban refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and possibly other countries indefinitely; and narrowly preference religious minorities. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition issued the following statement.
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition condemns and denounces the Trump Administration anti-refugee, anti-Muslim executive order announced today. Trump’s announcement dishonors our best values and disgraces U.S. leadership abroad.
We, the immigrant and refugee rights community of Colorado, stand with our refugee brothers, sisters and community, those who are seeking protection, and those who are here and desperately waiting to be reunited with their family members overseas.
From resettling Jewish refugees during World War II, Vietnamese refugees in the 1980s, and more recently refugees from the Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, protecting communities in need is one of our country’s longest and proudest traditions. Our nation’s aspirations are enshrined on our monuments and written into our founding documents: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
Today, we live in an unprecedented period of human mobility. 65 million people have been driven from their homes world wide, including over 21 million refugees, 3 million asylum seekers and over 40 million internally displaced persons. This is the largest displacement of people since World War II. The United States must advance, and not retreat from, global leadership to meet both our foreign policy goals and humanitarian obligations.
The following quote is from Franco Gutierrez from Northern Colorado Dreamers United: “As an immigrant who fled as a child seeking refuge from the constant fear violence in El Salvador, I am deeply saddened by President Trump’s new executive order targeting Muslim refugees who are escaping the extreme violence and war of their countries in search of an opportunity for a better tomorrow for them and their families. I call on my community today to take action against these extreme decisions by President Trump, and stand in solidarity for those that are being directly impacted by the attacks of the new administration”
The following quote is from Pedro Carrillo, President of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition: “Refugees are our coworkers, neighbors, friends, business owners, and community leaders. Regardless of where they come from – whether as a refugee or as an undocumented young person – everyone deserves to live with dignity, protected from harm. We oppose Trump’s categorical ban on refugees or immigrants into the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and possibly other countries. This kind of discriminatory policy disgraces our history, beliefs and values.”