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Refugee NGO calls Trump suspension 'harmful and hasty'

  • Ammar Sawan, 40, a Syrian refugee from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus, speaks during an interview in his family's home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Sawan and his family took their first step toward resettlement in the United States three months ago, submitting to an initial round of security screenings. His dreams of a better life were crushed when President Donald Trump issued an indefinite ban on displaced Syrians entering the United States. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

    Ammar Sawan, 40, a Syrian refugee from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus, speaks during an interview in his family's home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Sawan and his family took their first step toward resettlement in the United States three months ago, submitting to an initial round of security screenings. His dreams of a better life were crushed when President Donald Trump issued an indefinite ban on displaced Syrians entering the United States. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Khaled Sawan, 15, a Syrian refugee from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus, speaks during an interview in his family's home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Sawan and his family took their first step toward resettlement in the United States three months ago, submitting to an initial round of security screenings. His dreams of a better life were crushed when President Donald Trump issued an indefinite ban on displaced Syrians entering the United States. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

    Khaled Sawan, 15, a Syrian refugee from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus, speaks during an interview in his family's home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017. Sawan and his family took their first step toward resettlement in the United States three months ago, submitting to an initial round of security screenings. His dreams of a better life were crushed when President Donald Trump issued an indefinite ban on displaced Syrians entering the United States. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Sawan family from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus talk in front of a gas heater in their home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017, the day the family learned they won't be headed to the U.S. after American President Donald Trump's executive order to indefinitely halt all Syrian refugee immigrations. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

    The Sawan family from Moadamiyeh, outside Damascus talk in front of a gas heater in their home in Amman, Jordan on Sat. Jan. 28, 2017, the day the family learned they won't be headed to the U.S. after American President Donald Trump's executive order to indefinitely halt all Syrian refugee immigrations. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)  (The Associated Press)

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."