A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Trump’s latest refugee ban

A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Trump’s latest refugee ban, but Trump has vowed to take it to the Supreme Court.

After six years of conflict in Syria, we must speak out against the ban.

Tell President Trump: It’s time to abandon the refugee ban >>

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Dear Buono,

Six years ago, crisis erupted in Syria. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and more than 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Earlier this month, President Trump marked this shameful anniversary by attempting to suspend the US refugee program and enacting a travel ban on people from six countries, including Syria.

His latest ban has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge, but he’s vowed to try and reinstate it.

We need to show him that this is unacceptable. As the crisis in Syria continues, more families are fleeing every day. The US must stand up and welcome our share of refugees.

Tell President Trump: Your refugee ban does not reflect my values >>

Some are claiming that Trump’s proposed 120-suspension of the refugee resettlement program is nothing more than a harmless “pause”. But in reality, any pauses to the program will do enormous harm to vulnerable refugees.

The vetting process includes a series of time-bound background checks, interviews, and medical screenings, all of which will expire during the 120-day period, forcing families who have gone through years of waiting to go back to the end of the line.

The tiny percentage of refugees who have passed through the world’s most stringent vetting process do not have the luxury of time: a delay of months or even years could make the difference between life and death.

If you want to know what waiting a few more months will cost families, ask Abed and Reema Hassan.

Abed, Reema, and their five children fled Syria in 2013, leaving behind their friends, family, and the beloved country they saw falling apart. They traveled to Jordan, where Abed worked nights at a coffee shop, earning just $310 a month that mostly went to rent for the family’s tiny one-bedroom apartment. And Reema took care of the children, including two young sons with vision and health problems, and baby Mohammed who was born with a serious heart defect.

Then the family was handed an impossible choice: baby Mohammed’s heart condition required immediate surgery which cost about $14,000 – which the family simply couldn’t afford.

Because of the severity of Mohammed’s condition, the family was selected for resettlement in the US – an incredible strike of good fortune since only one percent of refugees globally are resettled into a new country.

But despite this new hope, the vetting process didn’t move fast enough. Just a few days after his first birthday in 2015, Mohammed’s heart stopped. Abed and Reema lost their precious baby boy.

While the Hassan family’s story is tragic, it will surely repeat itself as families who’ve already been safely vetted have to wait even longer to be resettled. The new refugee ban will surely cost lives.

Please, tell President Trump: Abandon the refugee ban before even more lives are lost >>

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of refugees – and for everything that you do.

Sincerely,

Gina Cummings
Campaigns Director
Oxfam America

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