Refugees welcome here: responding to the US ban on refugees

This weekend, the US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which bans entry from citizens of 7 majority Muslim countries and immediately stopped all refugees from entering the USA. The order states:

  • Total suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days;
  • Indefinite ban on Syrian refugees;
  • A cap of 50,000 refugees to be accepted in 2017 (reduced from the 110,000 quota set by former President Barack Obama);
  • Priority will be given to religious minorities facing persecution, particularly Syrian Christians.

We are horrified by this refugee ban, which has seen survivors of persecution who had already been granted permission to enter, detained on arrival in the US. Many thousands more refugees are now stuck in dangerous situations, unable to board that hoped for journey to safety in the US. This is a devastating, inhumane act against the most vulnerable people in the world.

We are proud that the UK is committed to protecting refugees and it’s time to ensure that this commitment continues, and grows.

It’s time to make our voices heard, louder than ever before.

The message is simple:

REFUGEES WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOME HERE!

 

All across the UK, today and over the weekend, there will be demonstrations in support of refugees and the right to seek safety from persecution. You can find your local demonstration here. If you can, we urge you go to these demonstrations.

It’s more important than ever that we make sure our voices are heard. Love is always stronger than hate. Lets send a clear message that refugees are always welcome here.

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