On Monday, June 26, 2017 the United States Supreme Court accepted review of the Administration’s Executive Order suspending the United States refugee resettlement program for 120 days and enacting a 90 day travel ban on visitors or immigrants to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). When doing so, the Supreme Court narrowed the scope of the injunctions against the Executive Order such that, while the Supreme Court’s review is pending, the Order can go into effect to bar individuals who do not already have a bona fide tie to a U.S. resident or entity (such as an employer or educational institution).
What does this ruling mean for refugee resettlement? From June 29 – October 27, refugee resettlement will be halted except for those refugees who can prove a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
Here at Catholic Charities of Louisville we will continue to serve our refugee clients to the best of our ability. As an agency serving refugees for more than 40 years, welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity. As a Catholic institution, we are called to protect the vulnerable and recognize the human dignity of all people.