U.S. President Trump’s Immigration Ban Will Impact Humanitarian Aid Efforts, Emergency Assistance To Children, Experts, U.N. Agency Say

Devex: Trump immigration order could harm USAID’s ability to carry out crucial work
“Former USAID staffers and security experts warn President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration executive action will undermine the U.S. development agency’s ability to carry out crucial work in conflict areas. ‘There are really serious ramifications for how USAID and other organizations work on the ground,’ said John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress. … A leaked draft memo expected to be signed by hundreds of foreign service officers and sent to the president through the State Department Dissent Channel expressed deep concern. The internal government channel allows staffers to offer criticism to senior management without fear of reprisal. The memo cautions that the order will sour international relations, ‘increase anti-American sentiment,’ have a humanitarian impact, and weaken the economy…” (Seiff, 2/1).

New York Times: Trump’s Immigration Ban Blocks Children Most in Need of Aid
“Children who are most in need of emergency international assistance come from five of the seven countries covered by President Trump’s order barring entry to the United States, according to a United Nations report. The report was released on Tuesday, but it was compiled weeks before Mr. Trump issued his order. UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency, appealed to wealthy nations for $3.3 billion to help millions of the world’s children who face starvation, displacement, conflict, disease, and other humanitarian emergencies this year…” (Goldman, 1/31).

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