WG-USA Condemns Executive Order to Ban Refugees & Immigrants

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Seattle, WAPhoto of the Statue of Liberty with Emma poemLazarus'

Women Graduates-USA (WG-USA) does not support the U.S. president’s January 27, 2017 executive order suspending immigrant and refugee arrivals, and banning entry of law-abiding visa holders from Muslim-majority countries into the U.S. We are heartened by Federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly’s January 28th issuance of an emergency stay of this executive order; however, we seek a long-term solution that does not discriminate. We strongly believe that all refugees should receive equal protection, assistance, and opportunity for resettlement regardless of their nationality, religion, or race. Those travelers with visas from Muslim-majority countries, including permanent residents of the U.S. (otherwise known as “green card” holders) should continue to have unhindered access to their families, businesses, and education.

Women Graduates-USA’s goal is to create a positive impact on the economic, social and political issues affecting women and girls globally, and our organization fundamentally supports safe access to education for women and girls impacted by war and conflict. We do not believe that we, the United States, need protection from refugees who have been forced to leave their homes and countries as a result of terror, violent conflict, and war. We plead with our national leaders to use good judgment and sound logic, rather than fear tactics, and to continue to build positive global connections that lead to understanding and world peace.

For more information, please contact Fay Weber, WG-USA President at president@wg-usa.org.

Download a PDF of this statement here: WG-USA_Statement on ImmigrationBan_1.31.17.


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