Ascentria Care Alliance Opposes the Trump Administration’s Actions Against Refugees and Migrants

January 27, 2017
Worcester, MA
 
Worcester, MA – Ascentria Care Alliance announces its opposition to the Trump Administration’s executive order restricting refugee resettlement in the United States. The action includes suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days; halting indefinitely the arrival of refugees from Syria and other targeted countries; reducing the number of total refugees for FY2017 from 110,000 to 50,000; and prioritizing religious resettlements, where the persecuted refugees are the religious minority in their homeland.
 
“Vulnerable individuals and families fleeing unthinkable violence and persecution in their home country have long sought refuge in other nations,” stated Angela Bovill, Ascentria’s president and CEO.  “Now more than ever, we must stand up in support of helping some of our world’s most vulnerable people find safety, peace and a fresh start here in America.”
 
This week’s executive orders, which also target immigration, are in direct conflict with the freedom and values America has championed: compassion, family, human rights, and a safe haven for those at risk. “We should not turn our backs on refugees who urgently need safety and assistance,” adds Ms. Bovill. “We don’t fear our new neighbors who have fled for their lives – we welcome and embrace them. Refugees help make America great. Our country is better off because of the hard-working and contributing refugees we resettle here. They are customers, employees and small business owners who pay taxes, and they are neighbors who help others.”
 
Ascentria Care Alliance remains committed to the support of refugees and migrants. We view refugees as assets to our communities and recognize that their protection and resettlement is part of our obligation as a nation. Ascentria will continue to work closely with our local, regional and national partners to advance those policies that protect our most vulnerable people and enrich our nation.
 
About Ascentria Care Alliance
As one of the largest human service organizations in New England, Ascentria Care Alliance empowers people of all backgrounds to rise together and reach beyond life’s challenges. With many locations throughout the region, we are developing an innovative client-centered care model to help individuals and families move forward and thrive — physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually and economically. Through productive collaborations and partnership we create measurable, positive impact that enriches our communities. Inspired by our faith-based heritage and guided by compassion, courage and integrity, we envision a world in which everyone can realize their fullest potential and share with others in need. To learn more, please visit ascentria.org.