World Education Statement on Immigration Ban

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On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised version of his executive order that bans immigrants from six predominantly Muslim nations. At World Education, we believe this ban hurts people and organizations.

Unlike any other country, this is a nation of immigrants. Immigration defines the past, present, and future of the United States. Immigrants’ contributions to U.S. society and their integration underlie the nation’s progress to date and its ability to thrive in the future. Immigrants and their children will account for 85% of the net growth in the U.S. workforce over the next 20 years. Immigrants are vital to our economy. Without them, economic growth in the United States and in dozens of other countries would come to a halt.

World Education is an international organization that works with immigrants and refugees worldwide. Since 1951 we have worked with vulnerable populations, including hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants. In the United States, our education programs aim to improve the lives and livelihoods of the 36 million lower-skilled adults in the country, many of whom are immigrants.

Furthermore, the executive order undermines U.S. foreign policy by diminishing the United States’ role in the world—and ultimately the positive view that millions of people in countries around the world have about our country, given the education, health, and other programs that World Education and other global organizations implement around the world.

World Education is resolutely opposed to discrimination of any kind and reaffirms its deep commitment to inclusiveness. We strongly oppose any action that discriminates for any reason, limits access to information, or undermines privacy. This includes the temporary suspension of visas and access to the U.S. based on nationality or religion, as well as the increased scrutiny of people’s communication, including on computers, mobile phones, and social media. We are also concerned for the ability of our 600 staff worldwide to travel to the United States and for their safety.

World Education encourages our partners to welcome, speak out, and show their support for immigrants and refugees.


Read this official statement on worlded.org

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Silja Kallenbach

Silja Kallenbach

Silja is the Vice President of World Education, Inc. where she oversees the operations of WEI’s U.S. Division and directs the national Networks for Integrating New Americans demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Silja has 33 years of experience in adult education as administrator, professional development provider, program developer, researcher, and teacher. Silja is the recipient of the 2014 national award for Promoting Literacy Nationally and Internationally issued by the Commission on Adult Basic Education. Silja is also a Massachusetts Literacy Champion selected by the Massachusetts Literacy Foundation in 2006.

One thought on “World Education Statement on Immigration Ban”

  1. I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful statement supporting and honoring our immigrants. As an educator, I am particularly fearful for our DACA and undocumented students. We must continue to unite and make our voices heard.

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