“USCRI welcomes the White House announcement that the Administration will meet its projected goal of 10,000 Syrian refugee admissions this fiscal year,” said Lavinia Limon, USCRI CEO and President. In this fiscal year, the USCRI network has resettled several thousand refugees seeking safety from around the world including refugees from Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and many other countries.
The United States will admit at least 85,000 refugees in total this year, said National Security Advisor Susan Rice in the White House announcement. “On behalf of the President and his Administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world,” Rice said.
“USCRI continues to call on the Administration to demonstrate greater leadership on implementation of refugee rights and refugee resettlement,” Limon said. In advance of President Obama’s September 20th Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, USCRI and over 70 organizations sent a letter urging the President to make bold new commitments to refugee protection, assistance, and solutions, including increased resettlement. In advance of the Summit, USCRI spoke at the United Nations and submitted statements to the Administration as a part of Refugee Council USA and InterAction.
How You Can Take Action
USCRI and more than 40 organizations collaborated to develop a postcard to be delivered to Congress and President Obama urging the U.S. to lead by example. Sign the postcard today electronically or print them out to have people sign at events.