The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) commends the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc decision in Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions, issued today. The ruling reaffirms and expands the availability of asylum and related protection to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of child sexual abuse, and many others. It overturns prior Circuit precedent that narrowed such protection, and directs adjudicators to apply child-sensitive sensitive standards in considering children’s claims. CGRS played a key role in the case as amicus counsel and party, and provided support to Mr. Bringas-Rodriguez’s legal team.

This morning President Trump signed a new Executive Order barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in its entirety for 120 days, and dramatically reducing refugee admissions this fiscal year. The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) decries any and all measures that scapegoat and exclude refugees and Muslim immigrants. We strongly condemn the new Executive Order and call upon our members of government to reject the discriminatory and unjust policies it sets forth.

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 more—even as global humanitarian crises displace over 65 million people around the world, including 4.8 million Syrian refugees.