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USCRI Statement on the Presidential Determination of the Refugee Admissions Ceiling

  For immediate release May 3, 2021 Media contact: Annette Sheckler (571)289-1731 or asheckler@uscrimail.org   Arlington, VA—The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased to note that President Biden has raised the  refugee admissions ceiling to 62,500. This ceiling replaces one set by the previous administration at an historic low of 15,000. With […]

The Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Origins of the Crisis Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ephemeral Periods of Peace While the most recent humanitarian crisis was sparked by escalated conflict starting in 1994, the roots of the modern conflict and accompanying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (hereinafter “DRC”) are rooted in the country’s tumultuous history and its […]

USCRI Board Member Linda Thomas-Greenfield Appointed As Our Next U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

USCRI would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to our board member, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on her appointment to become the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President-Elect Joe Biden. USCRI has been honored to have Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield serve on our Board following her long and distinguished career in public service. Her […]

Paying it Back

Below is the story of two refugees, Volodymyr and Philip, whose paths intertwined this year. Their touching story shows how our lives are enriched when we reach out and welcome our new neighbors. Volodymyr and his wife Oleksandra arrived in the U.S. as refugees from Ukraine in December of 2019. “My wife and I are very […]

URGENT ACTION: Keep America’s Refugee Resettlement Program Alive!

The refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year was just officially set at 15,000—the lowest level in U.S. history—and is restricting refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin, meaning even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled. The United States has long been a leader in refugee resettlement, but […]

USCRI Calls for DHS Investigation of the Unlawful Detention of Unaccompanied Children in Hotels

Nelson Mandela wrote, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than how it treats its children.” The United States continues to lose its way in how we treat the unaccompanied children fleeing the intractable violence, endemic poverty, and widespread lawlessness of the countries located in the Northern Triangle—Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. […]

Join USCRI in the National Refugee Day of Action: Make Your Voice Heard

National Refugee Day of Action Monday, October 26, 2020 Background: The Trump administration has proposed the lowest refugee admissions goal in history — just 15,000 refugees in FY 2021. To make matters worse, the administration is not resettling refugees based on their vulnerability. Instead, the administration’s roadmap for resettlement is based on very restrictive categories […]