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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 6, 2017

Today, the Administration revoked the Executive Order (13769) signed by President Trump on January 27, 2016, which was challenged in multiple federal lawsuits and the subject of the temporary restraining order implemented by the Washington State Federal Court.

Layli Miller-Muro, CEO of the Tahirih Justice Center, issued the following statement:

“The new Executive Order suspends the issuance of new visas (for 90 days) and delays refugee determinations (for 120 days) from countries where thousands are the victims of terrorism. These new Orders continue to endanger vulnerable people, particularly women and children, who are victims of persecution, denying them entry to the United States when they have followed our stringent processes and are simply seeking protection. When given legal status in the United States, they are grateful to their new country for protection, eager to integrate, and quick to begin businesses, educate their children, and thrive. By making it more difficult for them to come, we are depriving our communities of their courage and their contributions, which is what makes America great.”

Below is additional background from the Tahirih Justice Center in response to the president’s Executive Orders on immigration:

  • Analysis of the impacts of the Executive Orders (issued January 25 and 27) and the DHS memo (issued February 20) to survivors of domestic and sexual violence,
  • Joint amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court against the January 27 Executive Order,
  • Tahirih Justice Center statement in response to the arrest of a domestic violence survivor in El Paso, Texas, and
  • Tahirih Justice Center statement in response to changes to DHS asylum officers’ training manual on credible and reasonable fear screenings.

ABOUT TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER

Tahirih Justice Center is the only national, multi-city organization providing both policy advocacy and leadership and direct, on the ground legal services to immigrant and refugee women and girls fleeing violence. Tahirih will continue to monitor policy shifts that impact women and girls fleeing violence and advocate for the United States to honor its legal obligations to protect those fleeing human rights abuses.

Archi Pyati, Chief of Policy and Programs, or Layli Miller-Muro, Chief Executive Officer, are available for comment on this topic. Please contact rebekahs@tahirih.org to arrange an interview.

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