Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Responds to Supreme Court Announcement on Refugee Travel Ban

Stephanie Petrilli,; 480-828-7985

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court issued an emergency stay to partially lift injunctions against President Trump’s March 6 executive order. The order narrows refugee resettlement and travel from six Muslim-majority countries to individuals who can prove a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” until the Supreme Court can rule on the constitutionality of the ban. 

This decision re-starts the clock on a four-month halt to the refugee resettlement program, stopping us from undertaking our life saving work. By halting refugee resettlement for 120 days, refugees who have already been vetted will be needlessly turned away at airports; the infrastructure that supports refugees will be stuck in limbo; and we turn our backs on the world’s most vulnerable, including unaccompanied refugee minors, torture survivors, and those persecuted for their faith.

To halt refugee resettlement now is an unnecessary disruption that places human lives at stake. We call on the Administration’s review in good faith and as quickly as possible to limit the arbitrary lives that are jeopardized.  The last four months have demonstrated that you can continue to resettle refugees while ensuring the safety of the program. 

We continue to face the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. The United States has a longstanding history of welcoming refugees and migrants. We have always prided ourselves on being a beacon of hope for people around the world. We call on the United States to act with humanity by continuing to open our doors to vulnerable refugees who have been forced to flee their homeland and have little or no other option. 

The resettlement program was started by faith communities in the United States. As people of faith, our call is to welcome the stranger and care for God’s most vulnerable people – the widow, the orphan, and the refugee.  

As we are called to do today, tomorrow, and every day Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest will always stand for welcoming refugees. 


Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest stabilizes individuals and families during times of crisis and transition, builds a self-reliant foundation where all people can fulfill their basic needs, and preserves dignity and respect for our most fragile populations in Arizona.