[Statement] World Relief Reacts To SCOTUS Opinion On Refugee Resettlement in the United States

Jun. 26, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD – Global humanitarian and development organization World Relief reacts to today’s (June 26, 2017) SCOTUS opinion issued on refugee resettlement in the United States with the following statement:

This morning the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled to allow a limited version of the current presidential administration’s ban on foreign travelers to take effect, but only for foreign nationals who cannot credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. This means that refugees with strong ties to the U.S. through a family or institutional relationship will still be allowed to enter even if the 50,000 cap is reached or exceeded.

World Relief is still evaluating the impact of this decision on the refugees and immigrants we serve. We will continue to carry out legal analysis to determine how and whether the refugee resettlement program will proceed, and continue to believe that the program should allow the most vulnerable refugees to be resettled in the United States—including, but not limited to, those with family relationships.

“As an organization that has resettled refugees for over 35 years, we remain unrelenting in our commitment to refugees and our conviction that refugees have made—and will continue to make—an invaluable contribution to American life. We are hopeful that upon the Supreme Court’s full review this fall, the court will rule in favor of continuing the refugee resettlement program in full, and in so doing, reinforce this traditional American value.” – Scott Arbeiter, President

“We live in a complex world and it is right that we take security seriously. The American people are rightly asking for transparency on the measures taken to safeguard our homeland. However, World Relief does not believe compassion and security have to be mutually exclusive.” – Tim Breene, CEO


World Relief is a global humanitarian relief and development organization that stands with the vulnerable and partners with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transform lives and build sustainable communities. With over 70 years of experience, World Relief works in 20 countries worldwide through disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding and has offices in the United States that specialize in refugee and immigration services.

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