Inlsee writes letter to U.S. Department of State on new refugee policies

Inlsee writes letter to U.S. Department of State on new refugee policies

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State Tuesday, asking the Trump Administration to reverse new refugee policies in light of the high number of people fleeing violence in countries such as Syria.

Only 11 Syrians have been admitted into the U.S. since January.

The letter notes that President Trump ordered air strikes against Syria after the suspected chemical weapons attack launched by Syrian government leaders, and suggests that not allowing Syrians into our country would be condemning them to suffer more atrocities.

“While this Administration decries these atrocious attacks against humanity, it still unconscionably condemns Syrians to suffer these atrocities,” Inslee wrote. “People around the world are struggling at this moment to survive in countries where violence, persecution, war and pervasive poverty are depriving them or their children any chance of a healthy or secure future. It is time for us to renew our American commitment to supporting those in need during a time of crisis.”

“We could be providing a lifeline, but instead we are turning our back,” Inslee continued. “I urge you to swiftly review and reverse the current policies that are restricting the ability of qualified refugees to be admitted into the United States. This is, after all, about humanity.”

Inslee’s letter notes the president attempted to implement an outright ban on Syrian refugees, and has implemented policies resulting in a record low number of refugees being admitted to the U.S.

You can read the full letter here.