***For Immediate Release***
January 27, 2017
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees
Turning away refugees prevents us from living up to the promise of America
LINCOLN — Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order regarding the long-standing American practice of providing safe homes to refugees. Drafts of the executive order made public this week indicate the order indefinitely bans refugees from Syria, and severely restricts immigration from several other Muslim-majority countries.
Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities attorney Omaid Zabih issued this statement in response.
“For generations, Nebraskans have held and displayed values that we create a safe home for those seeking refuge from violence and persecution. The reported aspects of this action to block refugees flies in the face of these strongly-held ideals,” Zabih said. “Refugees have a long history of making essential, positive contributions to Nebraska communities. Turning away refugees prevents us from living up to the promise that America has long represented to people around the world as the highest standard of equality, opportunity, and hope.
“The outright ban on refugees from Syria and the severe restriction of providing a safe home to people from countries with large Muslim populations are a contradiction of the fundamental American values of justice and dignity for people of all faiths. Today’s actions will hurt families and communities in every state and they are unworthy of our country’s claim of being a model of fairness, justice and freedom for all.”
In November 2015, Nebraskans also attended vigils in Lincoln and Omaha in support of Syrian refugees (videos at link).
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