Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) joins other humanitarian organizations in adamantly opposing President Trump’s March 6 executive order that halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program, significantly reduces annual entry of refugees, and temporarily bans entry into the United States by citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.

As an American organization informed by Muslim values, we urge the United States, its leaders and its citizens to contribute toward the well-being 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.

IRUSA regards helping refugees as a moral responsibility shared widely among both faith-based and secular communities. On March 4, Islamic Relief USA joined other groups in an inter-faith amicus brief denouncing the suspension or reduction of the United States Refugee Assistance Program as well as the imposition of any barrier to entering this country that is based solely on ethnicity, nationality, or religion.

IRUSA is a humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race or religion, and to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. As such, IRUSA considers the denial of refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people — who have already fled violence and persecution — to contradict the United States’ values of welcoming refugees from around the world and protecting the freedom of everyone to worship and speak freely.

 

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.