The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies expresses deep concern over the draft Executive Order on refugee admissions leaked January 25, 2017, and calls upon President Trump to reject it. The sweeping order would suspend the United States Refugee Admissions Program in its entirety for 120 days, halve the number of refugee admissions, and halt refugee processing for Syrian nationals indefinitely. If the order is signed, the U.S. would needlessly fail to provide safe haven to refugees for months or moreā€”even as global humanitarian crises displace over 65 million people around the world, including 4.8 million Syrian refugees.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies decries the two Executive Orders on immigration enforcement issued January 25, 2017. The Executive Order on border enforcement massively scales up detention of asylum seekers, even though individuals fleeing persecution have a right under our laws to seek protection. The second Executive Order, targeting immigrants within the United States, seeks to tear apart our communities while failing to uphold even basic due process protections. Immigrant and refugee communities are vital to the fabric of our nation, and they are here to stay. CGRS honors these communities and condemns the misuse of executive authority to sow fear, separate families, and scapegoat immigrants.

This International Migrants Day, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) calls on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop detaining women and children who have come to the United States seeking refuge from serious human rights abuses. After surviving horrific violence in their home countries as well as during the journey to the U.S., they should be allowed to pursue their legal right to seek asylum or other relief without being locked up.