A core principle of Youth Journalism International’s mission statement is that it “fosters cross-cultural understanding.” Understanding starts with open minds and hearts, not fences and walls. In furtherance of its mission, and in recognition of the value of diversity, YJI is proud to count Muslims among its current students and alumni. As an organization, YJI stands against any immigration policy which by implication or operation discriminates against Muslims or any other group. Such
a policy stands in opposition to our mission statement. It only further deepens divides in our country and society, and darkens the shining beacon that the United States has been as a symbol of liberty and freedom.