Mercy Corps: We Will Not Stop Fighting For Refugees

January 28, 2017

Statement from Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The executive order on refugees that was signed on January 27th by U.S. President Donald J. Trump goes against the United States’ long and proud history of welcoming families fleeing conflict and persecution. It was met with disappointment and alarm by Americans of all political backgrounds as well as by my organization, Mercy Corps.

Among the directives, the president ordered an indefinite suspension of the Syrian refugee program, halted the broader U.S. refugee program for 120 days and suspended the issuance of visas for citizens from Syria, Iraq and a number of other Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

At a time when more than 65 million people around the world have fled their homes, most because of conflict, we must remember our country’s proud history: The United States is a beacon of freedom and hope for all people regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Never has our work been more relevant than in the face of this decision. Mercy Corps stands by our commitment to help people everywhere survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

Join us and support Mercy Corps’ work in Syria and elsewhere in the world.