STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S IMMIGRATION BAN

STATEMENT BY UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK CONDEMNING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S IMMIGRATION BAN
(New York, NY, January 30, 2017) Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York issued the following public statement condemning President Trump’s Executive Order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and suspending temporarily the admission of refugees into the United States.
It was with anger, fear, and a sense of fierce resolve that Union Theological Seminary received news on Saturday of President Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim countries. As a proudly Christian-founded and now multi-religious seminary, we are a community of scholars and students devoted to studying the religious and humanist values that have, for centuries, nurtured and guided the peace and well-being human persons and communities. This Executive Order makes a mockery of these values. It should appall and disturb all people of good conscience and faith and must be resisted at every turn.
The ban is, at its heart, deeply un-democratic. Its aim is to shatter dreams and destroy lives, not to encourage broad-based human flourishing. In this, it repudiates what is perhaps most noble about our country, the fact that immigrants are invited to come, thrive, and contribute to our American Dream, in all its vibrancy, hopes, and flaws. Democracy affirms respect and concern for human beings; democracy insists that human beings can never be objects.
This ban is an insult to all who have worked to build our country, and to those who have given their lives to assure and expand these freedoms.

https://utsnyc.edu/statement-on-trump-administrations-immigration-ban/

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