New York, NY, June 12, 2017 — David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), renewed the call for the Trump administration to drop its push to reinstate the Travel Ban following today’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.
Said Miliband, “The decision of the 9th US Circuit Court today is a comprehensive and telling judgement against the legality of the Administration’s Travel Ban. It is now well past time for the Administration to recognize that the Ban is neither good law nor good policy. There is an easy way out of the legal morass: for the Administration to leave existing arrangements in place while they conduct a security review. It is harder to get to the US as a refugee than by any other route.
“A robust resettlement program is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do: it furthers US foreign policy and national security goals, brings positive economic contributions to US communities, keeps families together, and most importantly, it saves lives. We join with bipartisan leaders from Congress in opposing any renewed efforts to reinstate a Travel Ban, and support the values upon which this nation was founded by standing with refugees.”
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.