New York, NY, September 8, 2017 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) tonight applauds the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, limiting the scope of the Travel Ban. Said Hans Van de Weerd, Vice President of U.S. Programs, International Rescue Committee –
“The IRC welcomes tonight’s Ninth Circuit decision. This wise ruling limits the scope of the President's counterproductive Travel Ban and recognizes the Bona Fide nature of the relationship between resettlement agencies and the refugees they serve.
“For the vulnerable people around the world halted by this Travel Ban, tonight’s decision is good and welcome news. It is our hope the Administration will respect the Court’s decision and immediately resume the resettlement of those who were blocked – and whose lives and safety were put on hold by this order.
“As resettlement agencies are preparing for the new fiscal year, we also call on the Administration and on Congress— in the spirit of the Court's order and with its security review near completion— to reaffirm the United States’ global leadership and resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. This is not just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do.”
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.