In the News / November 2016

President Trump and the U.S. resettlement program

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Lavinia Limon, president and CEO of USCRI, said in her recent statement, “We encourage our new President to continue the tradition of the best of American values including equal protection and respect for every member of society.”   Vermont’s NPR news source discusses possibilities we can expect to see, while highlighting Rutland, VT where USCRI’s field office, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, is located.

The Obama administration called for 110,000 refugees to enter the U.S. in fiscal year 2017 .  Many individuals are speculating about changes with a Trump presidency but in the meantime the Rutland office will prepare to welcome 100 refugees seeking protection in the coming year.

Limon, along with other experts, weighed in on the effects that a Trump Administration could have on immigration and refugee policies.

“We encourage our new president to continue the tradition of the best of American values including equal protection and respect for every member of society. Worldwide, millions are denied basic human rights and we are strengthened as a country when all of humanity is recognized. America has always been the beacon of hope for the oppressed and this must continue.

“Throughout our history refugees and immigrants have been welcomed to America by presidents from both parties in war and in peace and the current global refugee crisis is no time to shrink from this leadership.”

 

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