MFA Condemns Revised Executive Order: It's Still a Muslim Ban


“No one should be fooled by the superficial changes in the revised Executive Order. Efforts to cure procedural problems in the initial order do not change the practical effect: Muslims will still be banned; Syrians will be effectively precluded; a ‘pause’ in admissions will strand vulnerable refugees whose clearances will lapse; and virtually no refugees will come at all given the drastic lowering of the target ceiling,” stated Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, responding to the issuance of today’s Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Bennett went on to say: “There continues to be no evidence of a terror threat posed by these refugees that would justify this Executive Order. Moreover, former national security officials from both sides of the aisle agree that these kinds of bans make our nation less safe.”

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, a friend of the court in cases challenging the prior order in New York and Maryland, will continue to support refugee admissions, in keeping with the tenets of all great faiths and our democratic values. For more information or to speak with Georgette Bennett, contact Marlene Adler: 212-889-2324.

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA), a project of the Tides Center is a coalition of more than 80 faith-based and secular organizations. Our mission is to mobilize global support to alleviate suffering, heighten awareness of the growing dangers of not responding adequately to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, and advance future stability in the region. MFA conducts crisis-related briefings in the U.S. and abroad, facilitates relationships between complementary partner organizations working to help Syrian war victims, and nurtures transformative people-to-people diplomacy in the region.