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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 11:00am

IRC Statement on U.S. House action against refugees and immigrants

The “SAFE Act”, considered today, drastically undermines U.S. humanitarian and moral leadership

New York, NY, May 18, 2017 — As the House Judiciary Committee considers a bill that would undermine U.S. legacy on refugee and asylee protection, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) urges all members of Congress to exhibit moral leadership and resist attempts to demonize the most vulnerable.

Today, representatives will debate the “SAFE Act” that would undermine a long legacy of refugee and immigrant protection. These measures will vastly increase the taxpayer burden, while doing nothing to improve public safety or the wellbeing of our communities.

The IRC maintains that the U.S. must focus on preserving and enhancing the protection safeguards that exist in U.S. immigration law. In just a few months, America’s long legacy as a safe haven for refugees has come under unprecedented attack. The “SAFE Act” further undermines temporary protection of persons fleeing grave dangers following acute natural disasters. It would also pave the way for more widespread deportation of young people who have grown up practically their entire lives in our communities.

Said Hans van de Weerd, Vice President, U.S. Programs –

“The SAFE Act carries a sobering humanitarian cost – putting many lives at significant risk.

“The bill considered would provide even more authority to the Administration to whittle away at existing due process protections for asylum seekers fleeing persecution and violence when they seek safety at our borders. It abandons persons fleeing acute natural disasters, and empowers the administration to deport young people who have grown up in our communities.

“We urge Congress to resist all attempts to demonize asylum seekers and refugees, and focus on preserving and enhancing the protection safeguards that exist in U.S. immigration law".



IRC Global Communications, +1 646 761 0307communications@rescue.org


The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.


Media Credential Application Available for

2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah




The 13th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will take place in just 75 days. The Tour will begin in northern Utah for a second time, with the overall start in Logan on Monday, July 31. The overall finish will take place in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Aug. 6. The Media Credential Application is now available online for authorized members of the press to cover the 2.HC UCI men’s stage race. Visit the “About” section on the Tour’s website to access the form, or use this link - click here. Please allow 5-7 business days for the review process, with confirmations being sent via email each Monday afternoon.


Key dates and special events to note this year:

  • Team Presentation Event - Saturday, July 29, in Logan
  • Roll Out Press Conference - Sunday, July 30, in Logan
  • Stage 1 - Monday, July 31, Logan to Logan
  • Stage 2 - Tuesday, Aug. 1, Brigham City to Snowbasin Resort
  • Stage 3 - Wednesday, Aug. 2, Big Cottonwood Canyon (ITT)
  • Stage 4 - Thursday, Aug. 3, South Jordan to South Jordan
  • Stage 5 - Friday, Aug. 4, Layton to Bountiful
  • Stage 6 - Saturday, Aug. 5, Heber Valley to Snowbird Resort
  • Stage 7 - Sunday, Aug. 6, Salt Lake City (circuit race)

Media Work Rooms and Daily Press Conferences:

Once your media credential has been approved, you will be provided details for race week. Your credential confirmation will include guidelines for race access, list of Media Work Rooms, and key contacts for on-site interviews and transportation. Route maps will be provided end of May.


Resources and Recent News:

We have some resources to help you file advance stories, from video footage to background documents. See the list below for updated materials in our online Press Center.

  • May 15 - Call for Volunteers
  • May 10 - Youth Activity Booklets Distributed
  • May 3 - 14 Pro Teams Confirmed to Race
  • April 21 - The Ultimate Challenge Registration Opens

Media Contact:

Jackie Tyson, Media Relations Manager                                                       

TourofUtahPR@pelotonsports.net  *  678-362-6228


URL for Media Credential Application - www.tourofutah.com/about/media-credentials-guidelines


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