For Immediate Release
Emily Bhatti, (617) 517-9461, EBhatti@OxfamAmerica.org
Oxfam to Support Challenge to Travel Ban at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Supreme Court decided to review President Trump’s discriminatory executive order on refugees and immigration. The ban, if implemented, potentially puts the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk worldwide and poses a direct threat to Oxfam’s humanitarian mission. In response Oxfam America President Abby Maxman said:
“Oxfam remains steadfast in our commitment to welcome and protect refugees and immigrants to the United States. To that end, Oxfam plans to submit an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of plaintiffs challenging this harmful and discriminatory Executive Order.
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“This ban has already left tens of thousands of refugees in legal limbo, watching as the opportunity to be resettled in the United States slips through their fingers. Many people have been forced to give up their hopes that they might ever be able to find safety in the United States. We call on the Supreme Court to affirm the decisions of both the 4th and 9th Circuits that this illegal and immoral ban should not take effect. A cornerstone of the founding values of the US is to offer oppressed people refuge from violence and persecution, and we will continue to fight to uphold that legacy. As Americans we must open our minds, hearts, and borders to vulnerable refugees fleeing violence and persecution.”
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Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.