On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Trump Administration issued a highly controversial executive order suspending the entry of refugees into the United States. This decision orders U.S. officials to determine additional screening practices ”to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.” As Pro Publica points out, this decision could also separate legal U.S. residents from their families. The Trump Administration's decision is already wreaking havoc on U.S. airports, faith communities, and families in the United States.
To be clear, refugees already go through the most rigorous screening process of anyone allowed into the United States. Not only is this decision extremely unfair, it does severe damage to American national interests, security, and standing with our allies.
The executive order also includes a 90-day ban on individuals from Sudan, where our organization works. A large number of Sudanese who would meet the requirements for gaining refugee status into the United States have been targeted for death by their own government, which has a long history of supporting terrorist organizations. Sudanese refugees yearn for the same freedoms we enjoy here in the United States. Here is how you can help.
The people of Sudan are overcoming two of the greatest challenges facing humanity today: war and genocide. Operation Broken Silence is working to accelerate their ability to generate lasting change through storytelling, education, advocacy, and emergency relief programs.
Here are a few positive ways you can support Sudanese refugees right now:
1. Call Your Representative and Senators. Please call your federal elected officials at their local office that is nearest to you. State your name, zip code, and that you are calling on them to publicly oppose the Trump Administration's ban on refugees. If you are not sure who your Representative and Senators are, FIND THEM HERE »
2. Give To Sudanese Refugee Education. For more than two years, our organization has supported a small school for Sudanese refugee children from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. You can help grow these children get the eduction they deserve by giving to this school. MAKE A DONATION »
3. Support Sudanese Programs Monthly. You can also support a number of other lifesaving programs in Sudan by giving a few bucks a month. LEARN MORE »