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Urgent: Speak up for the rights of refugees

In his first few weeks in office, Donald Trump has slashed the number of refugees the US accepts and denied safe refuge for thousands based on their religion or country.

He has slammed the door to people fleeing for their lives from Syria, where millions have died in six years of war. The people impacted by his discriminatory Executive Order are among the world’s most vulnerable: families separated; people traumatised by war; minorities targeted for persecution seeking a place of safety. Their rights are being trampled on.

International law guarantees people the right to seek refuge.

Oxfam is standing up for those rights – we joined with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to bring a lawsuit challenging Trump’s first executive order on immigration in that state through our American office. And we will continue to stand up for the rights of vulnerable refugees.

We ask you to join us – speak up for rights and against xenophobia and racism. This move by the US is immoral and potentially illegal, and we hope you will join us in our vocal opposition.

We are calling on world leaders including in Ireland and the UK to speak up for those vilified and left in limbo by the US administration’s recent actions and to increase their own refugee resettlement numbers too.

The Executive Order jeopardises our life-saving work in response to some of the world’s worst crises and places many people at risk. Oxfam works in four of the countries (Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) affected. The order may affect our ability to safely deliver aid and support local organisations on the frontlines of humanitarian need.

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