Here at ONE, we believe that where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live. Energized by this guiding principle, ONE speaks out for the world’s most vulnerable people, whether they were born into extreme poverty, or thrust into it by war, famine, or political strife.
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that blocks the entry of any refugee who is awaiting resettlement in the U.S. for the next 120 days. It also bars all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until further notice. Additionally, it bans the citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries—Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen—from entering the U.S. on any visa category.
Want to speak out and encourage Congress to reverse the executive order? Here are a few of the many organizations that are rallying to help those in need:
Mercy Corps provides direct aid to Syrian refugees in the form of food and supplies, and by increasing access to clean water and sanitation, shelters, and safe spaces and activities for children. They currently have a petition you can sign to tell Speaker Paul Ryan to urge President Trump to revoke the ban on refugees.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are affected by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Their website is a great place to hear refugees’ stories in their own words, as well as learn more about how the resettlement process really works. Now IRC has launched its first ever Emergency Appeal focused exclusively on aiding refugees already in the United States and supporting the services the IRC provides to ensure the newest Americans – most of whom are women and children – can reclaim their lives. Learn more here.
Save the Children provides emergency food for Syrian children and supports education in Syrian refugee camps. Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children, released a statement this weekend that says, “Now is not the time to turn our back on these families, or our core American values, by banning refugees. We can protect our citizens without putting even more barriers in front of those who have lost everything and want to build a better future in America.” Join us in asking your Members of Congress to oppose the refugee ban by clicking here: Save the Children Action Network.