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NGO Committee on Migration Letter to Nikki Haley

May 25, 2017

Here is an opportunity for us to act on the sentiments expressed in our Congregational Statement on Migrants and Refugees, issued a year ago.

This is a request for signatures on a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, regarding implementation of the Executive Orders on immigration. The President’s executive orders are unnecessarily harsh and do not represent the spirit of the New York Declaration which the U.S. signed at the UN in September of last year. Here is the closing of the letter:

"Together with the Executive Orders banning visitors from six Muslim countries, the January 25th Orders and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ emphatic reiteration of the sanctions against Sanctuary Cities on March 27th have created a climate of uncertainty, hostility, xenophobia and distrust that is sapping the American people, both citizens and non-citizens, of their civic life, well-being, and dignity. They are also corroding the credibility of the United States as a nation that purports to be a champion of liberty, justice and equal opportunity. Our strength as a nation is derived from the moments in history in which we lived up to those ideals by extending their benefits to newcomers. Indeed, the contributions of the millions who have found a haven here have enriched every aspect of our society and strengthened the fabric of our national identity. We cannot allow the arbitrary and inequitable nature of these Executive Orders to erode the very cornerstone of American life.

We therefore urge you, as Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations, to direct your best efforts to nullify the effects of these appallingly harsh directives and to uphold the human rights of migrants, as our nation most recently promised to do when we signed the New York Declaration of September 19, 2016. As your fellow Americans and as steadfast migrant advocates, we pledge our fierce support for steps taken by the U.S. Mission to uphold the inalienability of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

You can read the letter here, then you can sign via this online form before June 2nd

Those who wrote the letter ask for signatures from U.S. citizens only, not organizations.    

NGO Committee on Migration Letter to Nikki Haley

"If our role as messengers of God’s good news means anything to us, the chorus of people begging for peace will touch a special place in our hearts. "

Patricia Lynch, CSJP