UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said Monday he is concerned about thousands of refugees affected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s refugee ban.
Trump signed an executive action last week to deport undocumented immigrants involved in criminal activity, and another that effectively denies entry to refugees from seven “terror-prone” Muslim-majority countries.
“UNHCR estimates that 20,000 refugees in precarious circumstances might have been resettled to the United States during the 120 days covered by the suspension announced Friday, based on average monthly figures for the last 15 years,” Grandi said in a statement.
More than 800 refugees were set to move to the U.S. this week, he said, adding that refugees should receive equal treatment regardless of their race, religion or nationality.
Trump’s immigration order bars citizens of Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen for a 90-day period that began when he signed the executive order Friday.
Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely.