Media CenterCRS Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Travel Ban

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Nikki Gamer
Catholic Relief Services
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BALTIMORE, MD, June 26, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is disappointed by today’s Supreme Court stay on lower courts’ rulings on the administration’s travel ban, which will prevent those from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States if they do not already have a relationship with a person or an “entity” in this country.  The ruling partially reinstates the 120-day ban on refugees that was thrown out by lower courts. This order will be enforced until the court hears oral arguments on the issue in October.

“This ruling will devastate some of the most vulnerable people in the world, innocent people who are fleeing the exact kind of violence that this executive order seeks to protect against,” said Bill O’Keefe, CRS’ vice president for government relations and advocacy. “The facts tell us that that these refugees already undergo significant vetting - more than anyone who enters the United States – and none has gone on to commit acts of violence."

"We outright reject the idea that refugees are implicitly dangerous. At a time of such unprecedented need around the world, we should be doing more to help and resettle those who are in danger and need, not less,” O’Keefe said. 


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
June 26, 2017

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement of...More