We, the Justice Promoters of the Dominican Family of the United Sates are outraged by President Trump’s recent executive orders. This nation has a long history of welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees. Women and men religious have been blessed to be able to accompany and serve immigrant and refugee communities across this country for a very long time. Catholic religious communities remain committed to welcoming refugees who come to this country after passing through the U.S. government’s already rigorous screening processes. Halting or undermining the U.S. refugee resettlement program leaves vulnerable refugees, including women and children fleeing violence, in extreme danger and diminishes us all.
President Trump’s order, which bans residents of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspends refugee resettlement entirely for four months, and bars resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely. This is unconscionable in the face of the unprecedented global refugee crisis. More than 61 million people have been displaced from their homes, more than at any time since World War II. Some 21 million are refugees; most are children who have been forced from their homes by unthinkable violence.