The Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership (ALIRP) Advocacy Committee and Board Members issue the following statement regarding the immigration reforms proposed by the Biden Administration
On January 20, 2021, President Biden stated in his inaugural speech that “the dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.”
Later in the day, President Biden signed a series of executive orders that reverse many of the anti-immigration reforms signed into policy under the Trump Administration. Of the executive orders that he plans to sign to do the following:
Reverse President Trump’s Executive Order Excluding Undocumented Immigrants from the Reapportionment Count
Preserve and Fortify Protections for Dreamers
Reverse the Muslim Ban
Repeal of Trump Interior Enforcement Executive Order (Moratorium)
Stop Border Wall Construction
Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians Presidential Memorandum
We, the ALIRP Board Members and the Advocacy Committee wish to show our support for President Biden’s executive orders and for the reversal of previous policies that have excluded people, families, and children from being able to access a life and home free from injustice, fear, and persecution.
We, at ALIRP, support the mission of unity as stated by President Biden in his inaugural speech. We support the mission of unity among the US people on immigration issues, but we also support unity among all people regardless of where they live or come from. We do not view the world with an “us” and “them” perspective; instead, we view all people as living in a shared world where each of us - as humans - are deserving of the inherent US American values that President Biden outlined in his inaugural speech: “opportunity, security, liberty, dignity, respect, honor, and truth.”
At ALIRP, we will continue to advocate for the rights of our partners and their families and will hold President Biden and other leaders and policy makers at Federal, State, and Local levels accountable to values that we hold as true and unifying.
About ALIRP: ALIRP supports refugees and asylum seekers locally and globally through advocacy, education, and direct support. We are an interfaith group of religious leaders and laypersons, as well as representatives of other community groups who have come together for the purpose of helping refugees and asylum-seekers, in light of the current migration crisis that has displaced millions of people. We are based in Birmingham, Alabama, but our work extends beyond Birmingham to the state of Alabama and beyond. To learn more about ALIRP, consider signing up to receive our Newsletter by clicking on this link: http://www.alirp.org/emailnewsletter-signup.html