Religious leaders are reacting to the Trump administration’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, and the first official comments from U.S. senators.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and other agencies, the World Health Organization, and other groups say the order is “inhumane” and “dangerous” to human rights and to the environment.
“There is no question the US has the worst record of enforcing the laws of war in the world,” said John Delaney, executive director of the U.T.E.M.I.A.B., an advocacy group.
But other experts say the U,S.
has done far more than any other country to protect its citizens from persecution, including a recent ruling from a U.K. court that struck down a similar ban in England.
Trump has said the ban was needed to protect Americans from terrorism and criminals.
Critics say the executive order is being used to justify mass deportation and even the murder of U.D.N., an umbrella organization that includes a broad range of religious groups and advocacy groups.
In the wake of the order, some Muslim-American leaders have joined the call for a nationwide boycott of the Trump International Hotel, where the president is expected to give his State of the Union address Wednesday.
Delaney, who also heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called on Congress to “take immediate steps to halt this dangerous executive order and demand that President Trump withdraw it.”
“It is a travesty that the president has signed this executive order with no input from any of the relevant committees or stakeholders,” he said.
“This is a brazen abuse of executive power and the UHDC will continue to work with any elected officials who will take action to stop this dangerous order.”
A., a religious group that represents some 200 faith-based organizations, has already called for the hotel to be shuttered, as have a number of Muslim-affiliated groups.
The U.P.O., the umbrella organization of religious organizations, is also urging the administration to withdraw the executive action.
A representative for the UUHCIA said in a statement that the organization was “deeply troubled” by the executive orders actions, calling them “unprecedented” and saying they “will have the unintended consequence of causing even more harm to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the United State.”
The administration has said it plans to continue enforcing the order as it relates to the UD.
A, but also has said that it will consider “legal options” to challenge it.
The Trump administration has also said that the UN. refugee agency, UNHCR, will continue its efforts to resettle refugees and provide them with safe harbor in the US.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.