Washington, DC – {Today}, the US District Court docket in Maryland issued a preliminary  injunction blocking the implementation of the Administration’s Govt Order 13888 (EO). The manager order permits states and localities to dam refugees from being initially resettled of their communities. RCUSA members IRAP, Church World Service, HIAS, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service challenged the order in court docket on January eighth, arguing that it’s illegal  and is inflicting ongoing irreparable hurt to refugees and the resettlement group.

Because the President issued the EO in September, Individuals throughout the US have spoken out in help of their native resettlement businesses, recognizing the immense social, financial, and cultural contributions their refugee neighbors have delivered to their communities.

“RCUSA thanks the bipartisan group of 42 governors and numerous municipal governments who’ve stood in solidarity with the resettlement program. The previous weeks have demonstrated the dedication and perseverance of refugees and the communities that welcome them,” stated RCUSA Board Chair Scott Roehm, who additionally serves because the Washington, DC Workplace Director for the Middle for Victims of Torture.

“We welcome this injunction; not solely does it uphold federal regulation, nevertheless it serves to guard life-saving refugee resettlement infrastructure throughout the nation and the essential work that facilitates profitable refugee integration and strengthening of communities,” stated Melanie Nezer, RCUSA Board Member and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at HIAS.

“We’re grateful for Decide Messitte’s cautious consideration and relieved that he has dominated to uphold the system of welcome that has been serving probably the most weak for many years, and we’re heartened by the outpouring of help from so many governors and native leaders within the final month,” stated Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. “The Refugee Act of 1980 established a precedent for group {engagement} and shut collaboration with nationwide, state, and native governments on resettlement, and we’ll proceed to faithfully implement that bipartisan laws.”

“We’re overjoyed {today} for the refugee households we serve and the communities the place we work. This injunction makes it {clear} that this government order is illegal and designed to dismantle the profitable public-private partnership that our organizations have operated for many years.  We’re grateful for the help that leaders throughout the nation have proven for refugee resettlement and that we can proceed to serve refugee households wherever they stay,” stated CWS Senior Vice President Erol Kekic.


Media Contact: Sarah Seniuk sseniuk@rcusa.org


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