FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017
Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) condemns the United States President’s executive order to bar citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya from entering the United States, and to suspend the U.S. Syrian refugee program.
Let us be clear: this is not about safety from terrorism. This is an explicit and systematic expression of racism and Islamophobia on the part of the President and his administration. This policy is already threatening the lives of thousands of people. As we write this, people are being detained in airports and denied the right to return home. Families are worried as they watch their loved ones denied their human rights. People fleeing violence in the Middle East are being turned away because of their faith, ethnicity, and national origin.
Today, as always, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters – no matter what their country of origin. We also extend our love and support to those seeking asylum and say loud and clear: “Refugees are welcome here!”
The Canada we know, which takes pride in its diversity and multiculturalism, must unequivocally rebuke the President’s xenophobic policies. We call on our Canadian government to take a formal and decisive stand against the racist policies of the current US administration, which serve only to divide, marginalize, and discriminate. We ask for the release of an official statement condemning President Trump’s so-called “Muslim Ban” and laying out Canada’s plans to welcome those facing violence and deportation as a result of this policy. Failure to act will diminish Canada’s achievement in welcoming and helping settle thousands of refugees from Syria, an initiative that other countries have commended us for.
Founded in 1975, Urban Alliance on Racial Relations has worked with the community and the public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research to address racism and discrimination in our society. Our history and mandate mean we cannot stay silent. We join other groups and organizations locally and abroad in resisting the US president’s regime and raising our collective voice for justice and equality for all.
UARR Board of Directors