All over the country, across political divides, leaders and organizers have been scrambling to figure out how to confront the new threats that challenge America’s fundamental values and ideals — that we are an open, welcoming, and democratic society with deep respect for the rule of law.
On January 27, an executive order temporarily freezing the refugee program and banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States was signed into action. Amidst global disbelief, uncertainty, and fear, the staff and volunteers at the International Refugee Assistance Project immediately sprung into action.
The result: a historic movement that energized thousands around the world to stand up for refugees and established a blueprint for how to effectively and strategically fight back against unchecked executive power.
Together, we continue to utilize every tool — through the courts, through civic action and protest, through our contacts with allies on both sides of the aisle, through the media, and through a self-organized volunteer network — to work tirelessly to deliver legal solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees.