Press Statement Opposing Mortensen



For Immediate Release

June 20, 2018


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On World Refugee Day, Advocates are Ready to Fight the Cruelest Nomination of the Trump Administration

As part of World Refugee Day  [Organization, City] [Activity]

[City, State]-  As we face the worst refugee crisis since World War II with policies that are terrifying vulnerable communities that are fleeing violence, today on World Refugee Day  [hundreds, thousands] of advocates [insert activity i.e. will gather,  etc. ].

Adding fuel to the fire of an incoherent and deeply alarming U.S. approach to the treatment of refugees and immigrants, President Donald Trump has nominated Ronald Mortensen to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).  Mr. Mortensen is an extremist, with anti-immigrant views, and he lacks relevant experience to support and build a forward-thinking strategy for refugees, immigrants and diverse and thriving American communities.

In Mortensen’s capacity as a Fellow at a known anti-immigrant group, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Mr. Mortensen has repeatedly spread falsehoods and misinformation seeking to vilify immigrants as criminals, despite ample evidence to the contrary.  In addition to accusing Senator John McCain of "rolling out the welcome mat for ISIS," Mr. Mortensen has blamed Dreamers for "destroying the futures of innocent American children."

"[Name of organization] is deeply concerned that Ronald Mortensen, an extremist, anti-immigrant individual, who has dehumanized immigrant communities and displaced people, is now nominated to lead the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration," said [Name]. "This is a cruel and horrific nomination, and we urge the United States Senate to reject Mr. Mortensen’s nomination."

Mr. Mortensen’s background not only makes him unfit to lead this bureau, it should also disqualify him from holding a Senate-confirmed position that is responsible for U.S. refugee and migrant policies. His extremist, anti-immigrant views are dangerous, alarming, and entirely inappropriate for a high-ranking diplomat. With allies and partners relying on American moral leadership, Mr. Mortensen must not be in a position to decide the fate of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children.