On this day, five years ago, newly inaugurated President Trump issued his first executive order banning travelers and refugees from primarily Muslim countries. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers and activists throughout the United States to assist people impacted by the ban, and challenged the discriminatory policy in court and through media and policy advocacy.
In line with his campaign promises, President Biden rescinded the ban on day one of his presidency, allowing travel to resume and families to reunite. But many of the obstacles preventing refugees from Muslim majority countries from reaching safety in the United States still persist.
The Biden Administration’s failure to address long-standing processing delays, re-examine inefficient and unfair vetting procedures, and institute basic due process and transparency measures, means that the United States will not fulfill its commitment of resettling 125,000 refugees this year.
IRAP has called on President Biden to take urgent action to reform U.S. refugee resettlement. Here is what you can do to support recent arrivals and refugees still stuck overseas:
- Consider sponsoring a recently arrived Afghan family by creating a Community Sponsor Circle.
- Click on the image below to share a message to President Biden on Twitter:
3. Donate to IRAP: Your support ensures that we continue to hold the government accountable to keep its promises
Thank you for being an advocate for refugees everywhere, no matter where they’re from or what they believe in!