Statement on Travel Ban from Aaron Rippenkroeger, President and CEO of Refugee Services of Texas
In recent decades, the U.S. has been a leader in offering protection to refugees. This period followed a more shameful chapter in U.S. history leading up to World War II, when hundreds of Jews were turned away by the U.S. government for resettlement and later murdered in Nazi death camps.
Today, with the worldwide displacement of women, children and other vulnerable people now the worst in recorded history, the current administration is poised to repeat this tragic history with other vulnerable populations for no sound reason.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on the travel ban involving six majority-Muslim nations, the current administration has issued new guidelines for the resettlement of already security-cleared refugees in the U.S.