Wednesday, the United Nations called on President Trump to relinquish his newly implemented ban on the admittance of Syrian refugees.
Trump’s executive order also suspended visas for visitors from six other Muslim-majority nations.
The suspension will last for ninety days, and also includes the termination of the resettlement program.
“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” read a statement from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “We hope that the US will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.”
Trump has also been taking heat from international figures over the controversial order. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the order was “worrying, because welcoming refugees who flee war and oppression is part of our duty, “while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claims it is “not the time to erect walls between nations.”
Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai, 19, claims she was “heartbroken” over Trump’s executive order. “President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers, and fathers fleeing violence and war,” said Yousafzai.
Another prominent individual, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, issued a statement on his own social media page:
“My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. [My wife] Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that. Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump… We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.”
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