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Media CenterCRS Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Travel Ban
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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 crs.org or crsespanol.org and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief, @CRSnews, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.