Today, President Trump signed yet another misguided, discriminatory executive order on immigration. This EO updates the January 29 executive order on immigration that banned people traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States. Despite changes to the scope and timetable, this EO is still legally and morally unacceptable. Rather than keep the US more safe, this order and the January 29 order undermine our national security and contradict American values. The Yemen Peace Project (YPP) calls on the Trump administration to rescind the order, and urges Congress to overturn and defund both executive orders.
February 6, 2017—Washington, DC – Together with Congress, the Trump administration must immediately suspend all military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition bombarding Yemen, act to immediately fund the UN’s humanitarian response plan, and work toward the inclusion of all parties and factions, including non-state fighting groups, in the Yemen peace process and post-war transition. These are among the chief recommendations put forward today by the Yemen Peace Project (YPP) in its new report, America’s Role in Yemen: 2017 and Beyond.
In his nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11, Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson proposed increasing the United States’ involvement in the Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign in Yemen, a position that would mark a troubling reversal of the Obama administration’s recent trend of reducing targeting assistance and other support to the coalition.