ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Islamic Relief USA has issued the following statement regarding recent news reports about the current administration’s plans to not accept any refugees in 2020.

“As the largest Muslim-based, nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization in the United States, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) stands with other global aid organizations in denouncing any proposal to admit fewer or no refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) next year, as being reported by multiple news outlets,” said Sharif Aly, CEO of IRUSA. “IRUSA expresses deep concern in any plan of reduction to asylum policies by an Administration that has already shown a continued interest in eliminating options for people fleeing persecution.”

“If these media reports are validated accurate, we urge the President, Congress and USRAP to embrace the foundational values of this great nation through compassion and fulfilling America’s longstanding humanitarian responsibility in safeguarding vulnerable refugees,” Aly continued. “Any plan to close the door on refugees is dangerous, duplicitous and an attack on the values by which this nation was founded.

“As the number of conflict zones around the world continues to grow, refugee resettlements, such as IRUSA’s Greensboro, N.C. based location are more necessary than ever.”



Syed M. Hassan or
(703) 370-7246






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. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.

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