Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) denounces President Trump’s Executive Order—“Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” which halts the US refugee resettlement program and temporarily bans entry into the United States by citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including green card holders and those with dual citizenship.

As a humanitarian organization whose mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race or religion, and to work to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world, Islamic Relief USA condemns the actions mandated by the Executive Order as discriminatory and harmful. Helping refugees is a moral responsibility shared widely among both faith and non-faith communities. IRUSA considers the denial of refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have already fled violence, religious persecution, and ideological persecution to completely contradict the United States’ values of welcoming refugees from around the world and protecting the freedom of everyone to worship and speak freely.

As an American organization informed by Muslim values, we urge the United States, its leaders and its citizens to contribute towards the wellbeing of their fellow Americans and to provide help to their neighbors in need regardless of their race, religion or gender. The power of love, mercy and compassion has always proven to be a vital component of our communities and the work we do to make America and the world a better place.

We urge President Trump to reverse the executive order halting refugee resettlement. We further urge our fellow citizens to reach out to their representatives and make their voices heard and to denounce acts of discrimination based on religion or ideology.

Media Contact:
Mayssoun Olabi
molabi@irusa.org
, 703-370-7202

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. IRUSA’s programs benefit more than 10 million of people each year in over 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.