Late afternoon Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order changing US policies and procedures regarding immigration and refugees. The situation is in flux. On February 3 in Seattle, federal judge James Robart, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, issued a nationwide stay, temporarily stopping enforcement of the order and ordering airlines to allow affected passengers to fly into the United States.
Since the executive order, the FXB Center for Health and Human Right has engaged and will continue to engage in public forums to bring the team’s experience and knowledge to the issues that the order raises:
- on Monday January 30, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health interviewed FXB director Jennifer Leaning and FXB director of research Jacqueline Bhabha and compiled those interviews into a podcast released February 2, “We Are All Immigrants in the United States,” click here for entire podcast;
- on Friday February 3, the Kennedy School of Government conducted a Facebook live interview with Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, “No Correlation Between Refugees and Terrorists in the US,” click here for entire webcast;
- Dr. Leaning also spoke at the Town Hall meeting at the Harvard Chan School; and
- on Monday February 6, both Dr. Leaning and Professor Bhabha took questions in a Facebook Live session broadcast on the Harvard Chan Facebook page.
See also the January 29 Statement by Harvard President Faust and the January 30 Statement by Harvard Chan Dean Williams.
For more information on immigration issues as they impact children, see our Children on the Move page and report.
For recent FXB writings related to migration, Syria, and refugees, see
- January 29, A Chilling Environment: Icy Conditions Threaten Migrants’ Health
- January 23, Who Will Act on Behalf of the Rohingya People of Myanmar?
- January 12, “Building Bridges” Seminar: An Interdisciplinary Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
- December 20, Health in Conflict: New Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria
- December 17, A Harsh New Reality: Transactional Sex Among Refugee Minors