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We Stand with Immigrants and Refugees
President Trump's executive orders instate an extreme enforcement-only immigration policy and gut the refugee resettlement program.
Just days into his presidency, Donald Trump has taken dramatic steps to eliminate due process, infringe upon civil liberties and human rights, and detain or deport vulnerable individuals to danger. Now we must act.
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As Quakers, our call to welcome the stranger does not rest on the immigration status, religion, or nationality of any individual. We are dismayed by the choice of President Trump and his team to focus his first immigration and refugee efforts on building literal and figurative walls.
The January 25 executive orders on immigration and border enforcement will:
- Increase immigration enforcement and mandatory detention
- Jeopardize community trust policies
- Build a border wall
The January 27 executive order on refugees will:
- Ban Syrian refugees and suspend visas from several Muslim-majority countries
- Temporarily suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program
- Dramatically decrease the number of refugees accepted into the U.S.
These executive orders are delivering on campaign promises that played on fear and prejudice instead of focusing on the real solutions we need to build a stronger nation. But Congress still has a role to play -- cutting off funding for these initiatives, speaking out publicly, and enacting legislation to reverse the executive orders.
Immigration and refugee policies must rest on recognition of the inherent worth of all individuals, as acknowledged in our Quaker faith, as well as in our shared Constitution, laws, and American values. The United States has a strong, treasured tradition of welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution; Quakers came here more than 300 years ago under threat of religious persecution.
President Trump’s executive orders can’t go unanswered. We must urge Congress to stand with immigrants and refugees.