Trump to drastically change refugee policy

According to the New York Times, he is expected to issue an executive order as soon as Thursday.  The order would (1)  require tougher vetting of foreigners fleeing persecution;  (2) place a monthlong ban on allowing any person into the United States from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen; (3)  halt all refugee admissions for 120 days while a review of screening procedures is completed; and (4) when the refugee program resumes, the total number of refugees resettled in the United States in 2017 would be cut in half,  from 110,000 to 50,000.

There is no other term for this action than "tragic".  I think of the Iraqi, Somali and Syrian individual and families I've been honored to meet and help and of their courage, resilience and the hope they feel upon arrival.  I am ashamed to be an American in an administration that would so cruelly exclude people.  I will work vigorously against this action and hope others will as well.

-- Cheryl Coon