IRC: Trump refugee resettlement suspension ‘harmful and hasty’

In this April 9, 2015, file photo, David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

CAIRO (AP) — The International Rescue Committee is calling President Donald Trump’s suspension of the U.S. refugee resettlement program a “harmful and hasty” decision.

In a statement issued late Friday night after the suspension was announced, IRC President David Miliband said, “America must remain true to its core values. America must remain a beacon of hope.”

The IRC statement declared that the U.S. vetting process for prospective refugees is already robust — involving biometric screening and up to 36 months of vetting by “12 to 15 government agencies.”

Miliband praised The United States’ record as a resettlement destination and said, “This is no time for America to turn its back on people ready to become patriotic Americans.”