The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) recognizes the Administration’s decision to continue the U.S. refugee program while urging a higher number of refugee admissions. “We’re disappointed given the magnitude of the worldwide refugee crisis and that it signals the U.S. retreat from global leadership. However we are pleased that the President recognizes that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is a crucial element of our nation’s humanitarian, foreign policy and national security strategies and reflects American history and values,” said USCRI President and CEO Lavinia Limón. “We will be monitoring closely to hold the Administration accountable for taking the steps necessary to show commitment and admit the first 10,000 refugees by Christmas this year,” Limón said.
“Across the country we see strong support for refugee resettlement every single day through community volunteers, local leaders, faith-based partners, and businesses,” said Limón. “The decision to lower the numbers of refugees is contrary to both strong U.S. community support and the global needs of resettlement solutions for vulnerable refugees.” Throughout its 100 year history USCRI has fostered relationships with its network of local agencies by delivering on its commitment to resettle in those communities.
“We urge the Administration to reconsider this decision and increase the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. For some refugees, regional resettlement is simply not an option – safety cannot be guaranteed in countries they first flee too because of their specific situations, lack of refugee protections or other persecution.” said Limón. “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. Over 3 million refugees have been safely resettled in the U.S. since the 1980 Refugee Act and everyday our agency hears their thanks and sees their contributions to America,” she said. “We must remain a beacon of hope for individuals and families seeking safety from persecution.”
Worldwide, millions are denied basic human rights and refugees selected for resettlement have no other viable options. USCRI believes a robust resettlement program is a smart and strategic decision that demonstrates leadership and encourages other countries to offer protection; resettlement and temporary solutions as well.
For additional information see Refugee Council USA statement linked here.