CLINIC Reacts to Immigration Restrictions

The LUM Immigration Clinic is an affiliate member of CLINIC — the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

On January 27, 2017, CLINIC reacted to President Trump’s Executive Order which imposes a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries — and shared the impact it has had so far. The CLINIC statement is entitled “Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees.”

Here is an excerpt:

“At a time when war and persecution have driven more people to flee in search of safety than any other time in modern history, we need to protect refugees rather than reject them out of misplaced fear,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC. Among other effects, the order would halt the refugee resettlement program for 120 days, reduce by more than half the number of refugees resettled in 2017 to 50,000, suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and suspend immigration from several Muslim majority countries. “We call for the administration to protect refugees of all faiths and reject the idea of limiting resettlement of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We must continue our policy of protecting the most vulnerable refugees,” Atkinson said. “Operating out of fear does not serve the nation’s interests. In fact, refugee resettlement serves the nation’s security interests. In addition to intellect, ambition, and an ethic of hard work, refugees often bring language and cultural skills needed by our national security agencies.”

Read the entire statement, “Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees,” click HERE.

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