Speak up: we cannot slam the door on vulnerable refugees

The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War.
The world is in the middle of the most serious refugee crisis since the Second World War.

After his first attempt was blocked with swift legal opposition, US President Trump released a second Executive order that doubles down on his attacks on refugees and immigrants, blocks people from lawfully traveling to the US and discriminates against Muslims.

On Monday 6 March 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a second refugee and immigration travel ban that once again slams the door on many thousands of people forced to flee their homes.

While it had been designed to avoid court challenges, it is just as discriminatory as his first attempt and targets people who are simply trying to find a safe place to live after fleeing violence and persecution at home. The ban blocks people from six predominantly Muslim countries from lawfully traveling to the US.

Under this order, thousands of refugees and migrants will no longer have the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the US. Some of the most vulnerable men, women and children in the world are now being refused safety. Families are being separated. Some might call this ‘extreme vetting’ but we call it what it is – extreme injustice.

Feras' case: a dream turned upside down

Syrian refugee Feras AlmouqdadWhen Syrian refugee Feras Almouqdad, 29, received a call inviting him to undergo the vetting process to be resettled with his family in the United States, he was over the moon. Today, he sits in his Jordan apartment, surrounded by suitcases, his dreams of a better life thwarted. Feras, who is trying to make ends meet by working occasionally as a barber - as he cannot work as a lawyer in Jordan -, is one of the thousands of fellow Syrians impacted by President Donald Trump's decision to freeze resettlement indefinitely.

“I was shocked by Trump's order that bans Syrian refugees from entering the United States. What the Statue of Liberty represents is friendship between nations and freedom from oppression, but what Trump’s order represents is to the contrary,” he said.

We won’t stand by

After President Trump issued his initial Executive order in late January, millions stood up to reject this injustice and show their support for refugees. Together we demonstrated in cities and airports across the world to voice our opposition to the order. Oxfam even joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to bring a lawsuit challenging the initial order.

The new ban is currently being challenged by legal cases in multiple US States that will most certainly be appealed over the next few months, potentially to the Supreme Court, to ultimately determine the fate of the Executive order.

But our fight isn’t done.

In this unprecedented moment, we need your help.  At a time when refugees are in urgent need of life-saving aid, we need to do everything we can, from supplying displaced families with essentials like clean water and warm clothing, to resisting the new travel ban in any way we can.

As a global organization with a diverse workforce operating in more than 90 countries around the world, we are joining this fight because our ability to address some of the worst humanitarian crises around the globe is now being severely jeopardized.

It is all the more shocking that Europe is also sealing off its borders to keep out people who are seeking protection. Therefore, we are calling on world leaders to condemn the Executive Order, demand that it be rescinded, and increase their own resettlement numbers too.

What can you do?

President Trump is unlikely to listen to you or me - but he may listen to other governments if they stand together. Over 280,000 of us from Kenya to Syria have already taken action to #StandAsOne with people forced to flee. Let’s double that number and ensure that thousands of refugees aren’t left in limbo. Find out how you help refugees right now.

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