STATEMENT — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Applauds U.S. Court of Appeals Decision to Uphold Stay on Refugee Travel Ban

Published On: Donate

February 9, 2017

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WASHINGTON, DC – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds the U.S. Court of Appeals for its decision to uphold the stay put in place by the lower court regarding President Trump’s ban on refugees arriving in the United States from the seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria.

“The decision to uphold the lower court’s decision confirms what we’ve known all along: the Trump Administration’s action against refugees is a blatant contradiction of what it means to be American,” says Linda Hartke, LIRS President and CEO. “Refugees are assets to our communities and it’s imperative we recognize that their protection and resettlement is part of our commitment as a nation.”

While LIRS is pleased with today’s decision, it fails to address the part of the President’s action that drastically reduces the overall number of refugees who will enter the U.S. this year from 110,000 to 50,000.

“The fact that there are tens of thousands of refugees who have been approved to come to this country, still waiting in limbo, means they remain in places of great danger. We are effectively shutting the door on those persons by not allowing them to come here,“ said Hartke. “Ensuring the protection of those seeking safety needs to remain a top priority,” said Hartke.


Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is the second largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through more than 75 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.

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