Below is the statement on the decision by the 4th Circuit Court, put out by Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), of which USCCB/MRS is a member organization:
RCUSA is heartened that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against the Executive Order that was issued on March 6th. In doing so, it found that the President’s travel ban is likely to be ruled unconstitutional. This win means that, as the world faces an historic displacement crisis, America’s doors will remain open, as a symbol of U.S. global leadership at a time when it is sorely needed.
Hans Van de Weerd, Chair of RCUSA, states; “Our hope is that -if this case makes its way to the US Supreme Court- it too will uphold the 4th Circuit decision to preserve the proud American traditions of welcome and non-discrimination. As always, RCUSA stands at the ready and welcomes the opportunity to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that the U.S. refugee resettlement program is successful and secure.”