Refugee ban an assault on USA values, beliefs
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 31, 2017,
Jan 31, 2017, 0:49
The head of the U.N. refugee agency estimates that some 20,000 people could have been resettled in the United States during President Donald Trump's 120-day suspension on admitting refugees.
"The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the USA resettlement program is one of the most important in the world", a joint statement from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
"Many of my friends and relatives have already been resettled in the U.S. and other countries such as Canada..." We all have a moral obligation to help.
Hundred of Syrian families wait to register at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters, in Beirut, Lebanon on January 30. "This is a religious decision I think", Abu Mohammad said.
Trump is criticized for his executive measures regarding the refugee entry to the United States, which is said to be firstly aimed at halting the arrival of Muslims to the country. "We can protect our citizens without putting even more barriers in front of those who have lost everything and want to build a better future in America".
He claimed his administration needed time to develop more stringent screening processes for refugees, immigrants and visitors.
"We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race", they said.
The US president's widely-condemned executive order also bars entry for travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - for 90 days.
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More than one million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon from the devastating conflict in their homeland that has killed more than 310,000 people. "The irony beggars belief".
The experts credibly say that this order will have the opposite effect from the one intended - that this will embolden terrorists because they will view this order as proof the jihadists were correct about USA waging war on Islam. Some people had already packed their life in a way, made a decision to sell whatever they could sell, taken their children out of school.
"The decision to halt resettlement would not only be detrimental to the safety and livelihoods of Syrians now waiting to be resettled, but also harmful to Syrian refugees who have already been resettled in the US".
People who would have been resettling in the US instead have to remain in refugee camps in Africa or informal settlements in the Middle East, he said.
People seeking to enter the United States as refugees are first screened and interviewed overseas by UNHCR.
Refugees share the very same concerns about security and safety that Americans have.
Patterson said in September he would potentially sue the Office of Refugee Resettlement if the refugee placement process continued to not be followed by alerting local municipalities before placement.