For Immediate Release
October 26, 2017
Media Contact: Janine Walsh
Franciscans Outraged by Trump Administration's Executive Order Restricting Refugee Resettlement
New Guidelines are Essentially a Muslim Ban 4.0
Washington D.C.--The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is completely outraged by the announcement this week of the new restrictions that affect refugees outlined by the Trump administration's executive order. Despite the rhetoric, the facts are clear: refugees are escaping war and persecution and have been vetted for up to two years. They are not terrorists and refusing them safe harbor will only put them in danger.
"Americans should not be fooled by this executive order," remarked Franciscan Action Network executive director Patrick Carolan. "These new discriminatory restrictions will all but kill the refugee resettlement program by implementing long delays which will leave tens of millions of vulnerable families and children in limbo. It is unchristian and heartless to turn away those in need of refuge, and for that we will surely be judged.This executive order is a black mark on our nation's soul."
Our nation is one founded by immigrants. The fact that these restrictions apply to eleven countries, nine of which are Muslim-majority nations (ten out of twelve if one includes the stateless Palestinians,) essentially makes this a Muslim Ban 4.0. It is discriminatory and should not be upheld. FAN will continue to stand against the Muslim Ban in whatever form it takes and call for an increase in refugee resettlement in fiscal year 2018.
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights. For more information: https://franciscanaction.org/