Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees

***For Immediate Release***

March 6, 2017


Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289


Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Executive Order halting Refugees

New order built on same destructive ideas that contradict Nebraskan and American values


LINCOLN — Today, President Trump issued a new executive order placing a ban on the U.S. accepting any refugee for 120 days and blocking entry into the U.S. of anyone from six countries with Muslim-majority populations for 90 days.

Nebraska Appleseed Immigrants & Communities attorney Omaid Zabih issued this statement in response.

“This revised order still reflects the same destructive policy that runs contrary to Nebraska’s values and proud history of welcoming refugees,” Zabih said. “In the past month, Nebraskans across the state have stood up to oppose the White House’s harsh and unproductive policies targeting immigrants and refugees. Thousands of Nebraskans across the state attended vigils and rallies with one strong, clear message: Nebraska appreciates and welcomes new neighbors who have escaped violence, are looking for a safe home, and want to contribute to our communities.

“No matter the legal parsing, a ban on refugees is a contradiction of these values and does nothing to improve American security. We cannot claim to bear a global standard of freedom and justice when we turn our backs on people seeking safety. This executive order continues a pattern of harmful policies that have created a culture of fear in many Nebraska communities and across the country.

“Anti-immigrant and anti-refugee policies like these make communities less safe and tear families apart. Our immigration and refugee policies must be built on a foundation of dignity and humanity to live up to American ideals.”

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