Saturday, 28 January 2017

UN to Trump: Allow Refugees entry to the U.S

File Photo: Donald Trump signing the executive order restricting refugees from entering the US.

The United Nations refugee agency and International Organization for Migration (IOM) has called on the US President, Donald Trump to reverse his order stopping the issuance of visas to refugees running from war in Islamic countries.

Trump had on Friday ordered that travellers from 7 Islamic countries be denied visa for the next three months.
He said he made that step "to protect Americans from terrorist attacks".

In response to this move, the UN agency said “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,”.

The agency said they remained committed to working with the U.S. administration towards a shared goal of ensuring “safe and secure resettlement and immigration programmes”.

“We strongly believe that refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, and opportunities for resettlement, regardless of their religion, nationality or race,” they added.

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