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CARE: U.S. Must Continue Leadership Role, Protection of Refugees

Photo credit: Josh Estey/CARE
Photo credit: Josh Estey/CARE

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2017) – CARE is deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily allow parts of the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration to go into effect this evening. This decision will put refugee resettlement in the United States at risk. CARE supports the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program as an important measure to save lives.

CARE is on the ground in many of these countries, working to respond to the unprecedented global refugee crisis across the Middle East and Africa, ensuring access to basic necessities and the opportunity for jobs, education and the tools needed to build a better future. As CARE works to meet this enormous need, we must also stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable families seeking safe haven in the U.S. The majority of refugees resettled in the United States are women and children under 14, including those with extreme medical needs. These are the people whose lives are in jeopardy when resettlement is not an option.

The United States continually demonstrates international leadership by resettling individuals fleeing conflict and persecution. We must continue to lead by that example, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with frontline states, such as Jordan and Uganda, who are hosting hundreds of thousands of families fleeing the worst effects of violence and conflict. Should the United States abandon these principles at a time of growing displacement, it could not only strain U.S. relations with these countries, but also send a dangerous message to other countries that upholding international laws and commitments is optional.

CARE calls on the Trump Administration to offer guidance to government agencies that allows the United States to continue, without abatement, its proud tradition of providing protection to those that need it most. CARE will continue to advocate for America’s historic leadership as a humanitarian nation that has led by example and benefitted as a result.

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. To learn more, please visit www.care.org.

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Nicole Ellis, +1-202-560-1791, nicole.ellis@care.org


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