It is nice to see some recognition for the work of international development organizations, in this case the International Rescue Committee (IRC), on a mainstream outlet. At the same time, the circumstances are bittersweet, but that is often the case when aid organizations make the news.
IRC’s David Miliband explains the organization’s work with refugees, how their staff scrambled to react immediately to the “travel ban”, which he considers “a propaganda gift for ISIS and Al Qaeda”. Not to mention unnecessary, considering the thorough process a refugee must undertake to enter the US, which encompasses “18 months” and “12 to 15 different parts of the government.”
Furthermore, he explains how this executive measure severs ties with foes and allies alike, sets both intelligence and humanitarian work back, and compromises the US ability to honor agreements with people who were instrumental in the work of agencies like the IRC, at such a steep personal cost that his and his family’s integrity cannot be guaranteed in their home country.
Watch the full interview here: