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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Eleven Nobel Laureates Sign Petition Against Trump’s Entry Ban for Refugees

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On Friday, Trump signed an executive order blocking all Syrian refugees from entering the USA until the government makes “adequate changes” to the Refugee Admission Program (USRAP) and suspending the entry of all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. In response, thousands of academics, including 11 Nobel Laureates, signed a petition against President Trump’s order suspending the entry to the USA of Syrian refugees and nationals from several other countries in the Middle East and North Africa:

We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure. … We strongly denounce this ban and urge the President to reconsider going forward with this Executive Order.

The petition stated that the order was discriminatory, detrimental to American national interests, and imposed an “undue burden on members of our community”. During the presidential campaign, Trump made several controversial statements regarding immigrants, Latin Americans, Muslims, and women. His statements advocated a ban on Muslims travelling to the USA and building a wall along the border with Mexico to deter illegal migrants.

27 January 2017

Sputnik International


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