published: 7 March 2017
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today condemns President Donald J. Trump’s revised executive order on immigration, in particular its 120-day suspension of new refugee admissions.
The following statement is attributable to Meredith Fortin, program officer and head of PHR’s Asylum Network:
“While rolling back some of the more odious provisions of the previous directive, today’s revised executive order continues to effectively malign refugees, branding them as national security threats and withholding the generosity the United States has traditionally extended to those fleeing war and persecution.
“PHR is particularly concerned that this blanket travel ban will bar people fleeing violence from exercising their right to seek asylum at our border. The Trump Administration is ignoring the fact that refugees and asylum seekers are often escaping the very violence the president and his advisors erroneously attribute to them.”