UN agencies issued a joint statement calling on Washington to continue letting refugees into the US after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry to Syrian refugees and suspending visas for visitors from six other Muslim-majority nations. “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” said Saturday’s joint statement from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR)

and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agencies added that the program was “a win-win situation,” which saved the lives of refugees, who then “enriched and strengthened their new societies” with “overwhelmingly positive” contributions. Both organizations “hope that the US will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.” READ MORE