Ignatian Solidarity Network

TAKE ACTION: Oppose Harmful Executive Orders, an Affront to American Values

Last week, President Trump issued a series of executive orders which pose significant threats to immigrants and refugees both currently in the U.S. and those planning to arrive in our country seeking safety and security.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network stands with the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United StatesJesuit Refugee Service/USA, numerous Jesuit colleges and universities, and other Catholic partners denouncing these Executive Orders and we ask YOU to take action as well.

Under the guise of national security, President Trump has called for an increase in the detention and deportation of immigrants, imposing on local law enforcement the responsibility to participate in these harmful processes, and has reinforced promises to further divide the United States from its neighbors.

In addition, provisions were put into effect that jeopardize the safety of refugees seeking protection in the U.S. by suspending the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days; reducing this year’s refugee arrivals from an anticipated 110,000 to 50,000; prioritizing refugee claims of those who are religious minorities over others who may have equally compelling claims; and the banning of both immigrant and non-immigrant arrivals from seven Muslim countries.

These dramatic and discriminatory policies will only harm, not help, U.S. interests and our national security. They fly in the face of the core American values of welcoming persecuted families and individuals who come to the U.S. to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity and are an affront to all immigrants and refugees who make a positive contribution to our communities.

Now is the time for those who believe in the values our country was built on to stand up and make their voices heard. Please take action today!

Urge your policymakers to oppose President Trump’s executive orders by sending the following message:

As a constituent and supporter of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, I am writing to urge you to oppose President Trump’s recent Executive Orders.

These dramatic and discriminatory policies will only harm, not help, U.S. interests and our national security. They fly in the face of the core American values of welcoming persecuted families and individuals who come to the U.S. to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity and are an affront to all immigrants and refugees who make a positive contribution to our communities.

I urge you to make every effort to counteract the effects of these Executive Orders and work towards reversing them as soon as possible. Specifically:

  • Protect the inherent rights of asylum seekers and refugees arriving at U.S. borders, as well as those of immigrants within our communities;
  • Oppose the separation of families through detention and deportation;
  • Ensure the accountability and oversight of Customs and Border Patrol officers and agents;
  • Reinstate the refugee settlement program as soon as possible;
  • Lift the far-reaching ban on arrival from seven Muslim countries;

Our country is facing unprecedented challenges and we must stand up for truth, hope and dignity for all. In the words of Pope Francis, “All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity.” These Executive Orders, far from promoting good and respecting dignity, will inflict harm and further division.”

TAKE ACTION!