ICV Condemns Inhumane and Discriminatory US Immigration Policies
With the stroke of a presidential pen, Donald Trump has thrown the lives of countless people around the world, many of them refugees fleeing horror and persecution, into chaos, uncertainty and torment, and has potentially done lasting damage to America’s standing as a bastion of humanitarianism and a refuge for the world’s oppressed.
To specifically place an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees from entering the US, including those whose applications have been approved following a rigorous and lengthy vetting process, is abhorrent and shameful.
Further, the blanket ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries including those with dual citizenship makes no legal or moral sense. It will quite likely impact on many Australian citizens who hold citizenship from one of these seven countries. In addition, there would no doubt be many Australians that have loved ones overseas whose lives have been cruelly turned upside down.
The ICV joins the global chorus of condemnation of Trump’s vindictive and discriminatory immigration policies and calls on the Australian government to do the same. World leaders including those of close allies of the US such as the U.K., Germany, Italy and France have unambiguously criticised these executive orders, but our own government appears to be showing tacit support. This is very concerning, more so given that an unknown number of Australian citizens will also be hurt by these arbitrary measures.
It would be befitting for Australia, a proud signatory to all of the UN and Geneva conventions on refugees to stand up for the most vulnerable at this most desperate time of need. We ask our Prime Minister and his Government to demonstrate true moral leadership and political courage by strongly voicing its opposition to these discriminatory and inhumane policies.
The ICV encourages anyone that has been directly impacted by these U.S. immigration bans to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.