|“These policies run counter to our values as a nation and the example we should set as a global leader."|
(Washington, D.C.) March 9, 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 13 U.S.-based Jesuit law schools express deep concern about a series of Executive Orders signed by President Trump targeting immigrants and refugees seeking safety, security and a better life in the United States.
President Trump has directed his Administration to broaden the scope of enforcement as it relates to immigration laws, including: stripping immigrants of privacy rights; erecting new detention facilities; discouraging asylum seekers; speeding up deportations; and trying to coerce local governments to participate in a shock and awe strategy against immigrants and refugees.
On March 6, the President signed a new Executive Order revoking and replacing a prior order signed on January 27. The revised order imposes entry restrictions for nationals of six Muslim majority countries; suspends refugee resettlement for 120 days; and drastically reduces the annual number of refugees the United States welcomes from 110,000 to 50,000, a historic low.
“These policies run counter to our values as a nation and the example we should set as a global leader. Not only will individuals, families and communities be torn apart, but these policies will not make the U.S. safer or more secure,” said Bill Hing, Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, University of San Francisco School of Law.
As we experience the largest forced migration crisis in recorded history, with over 65 million people displaced from their homes, the actions of the President pose significant threats to immigrants and refugees both currently in the U.S. and those already approved to arrive in the United States. Victims of torture, children in need of urgent medical care, and individuals seeking to be reunited with family members are just some of the lives impacted.
“As an academic institution built on the Jesuit values of welcome and accompaniment, we are bolstered by the contributions made by our immigrant and refugee students and will continue to stand up for their dignity and inherent rights,” said William Treanor, Dean of Georgetown Law.
“Our Catholic and Jesuit identity calls us to love the stranger and not turn our back on the most vulnerable victims of war and persecution,” said Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., Interim Executive Director of JRS/USA. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Jesuit law schools will continue to work together to oppose these discriminatory policies and defend the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Participating law schools include: Boston College, Creighton University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Loyola University Chicago (in close collaboration with the Center for the Human Rights of Children housed at Loyola University Chicago), Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Loyola University New Orleans, Saint Louis University (in close collaboration with the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry housed at Saint Louis University Law School), Santa Clara University, Seattle University, University of Detroit Mercy, and University of San Francisco.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
Phone: 202-629-5942; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org