President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States is “not your motherlands” and is an “immoral and unconstitutional” move that violates the constitution, according to a former Justice Department official and former State Department official who worked on immigration policy during the Obama administration.
The two sources told New York magazine that the order is an attack on immigrants who are trying to flee their homes and countries, including refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.
“The administration is attempting to impose its will upon the United Nations and the world,” one former administration official told the magazine, which first reported the claims.
“It’s an attack against immigrants who have worked hard to come here and build a life.”
The former officials said the order “violates the spirit of our Constitution” and that the administration should “get on with the business of securing our country.”
“It is not the United Kingdom that’s at fault, but the United State, and if it wants to be an ally, it should recognize the moral obligation to take back its people,” the former official said.
Trump’s executive orders include a ban on refugees and visitors from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Chad.
The State Department said Friday that the refugee ban will remain in place until January 2.
A number of senior White House officials have argued that the ban is needed to protect Americans from terror attacks and to prevent potential attacks on U.S. soil.
Trump, however, has suggested that his order could be used as a way to boost voter turnout, a claim he has disputed.
The Trump administration has also threatened to halt the entry of Syrian refugees into the United “until the Syrian government puts a stop to its egregious violations of international law.”
“As President Trump has said, this is not a country that welcomes refugees, and the United states will not allow any refugees to enter this country until they stop these heinous violations,” the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters Friday.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s comments.
“We are also concerned about the impact that the U.N. Security Council resolution could have on the refugee resettlement program,” the U,N.
refugee agency said in a statement.
“In particular, we believe that it could affect the resettlement of people who were unable to receive a refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention because of the actions of the Syrian Government, including the forcible expulsion of hundreds of thousands of people and the imposition of severe restrictions on their ability to leave the country.”
The United Nations refugee agency has said the refugees have been subjected to “disproportionate restrictions on freedom of movement and movement” in the Syrian refugee camp outside Damascus.
The U.K. has also called for a halt to the resettlement, saying it has been “forced to cancel thousands of applications” because of restrictions on refugees’ movements.
The government of Prime Minister Theresa May has been under fire for the decision.
A senior State Department aide told ABC News that Trump’s administration has “absolutely no intention of returning to a refugee program in the United U. S. that is not based on the spirit and purpose of our Refugee Convention and our refugee policy.”
Trump’s order has been condemned by many human rights groups, including Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The refugee resettlement agency, the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said it “strongly condemns the executive order issued by the President on January 22, which has not been implemented in accordance with international law and is fundamentally at odds with international human rights law.”
The UN refugee agency is a U. N. body.