Registration agents at the Nafbac, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship, said they are having a hard time convincing the Trump administration to drop a controversial provision of the law that bars noncitizens from becoming U.N. peacekeepers.
The U.K.-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is among organizations that have voiced concerns about the U.NS policy, which is based on a 2002 provision in the Foreign Assistance Act that forbids aid programs from accepting “a nationality or nationality group with a history of violence, ethnic cleansing, slavery, persecution of minorities, genocide, or war crimes.”
It prohibits foreign military or diplomatic officials from participating in such programs and has angered some U.
Ns who believe it has prevented U.F.O.s from helping to protect refugees fleeing violence and famine in Syria, Central African Republic, and Congo.
The White House has said the provision will remain in place pending the administration’s assessment of whether it will help U.C.L.A. students and scholars with the transition to citizenship.
The White House said that a similar provision has been removed from the 2010 Immigration Reform and Control Act and will remain.
The provision was also the source of a lawsuit filed by the U-K.
against the Obama administration.
The IFRC, a trade group representing U.H.L.-sponsored workers, said in a statement Thursday that it was “shocked and deeply disappointed” to learn that the Trump government is reconsidering the policy.
“The administration is moving in the opposite direction on immigration reform, as evidenced by its announcement that it will no longer consider a new round of visas for U-H.S.-sponsored employees, which will further delay the transition process for UH-L.C.”