October 4, 2018
Contact: Stacie Blake
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Arlington, VA– The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) expresses deep disappointment at the second cutback in two years of the nation’s planned refugee admissions. The Administration announced today a Presidential Determination ceiling of just 30,000 individuals to be admitted in FY 2019. In FY 2018, ceiling was 45,000 and the actual number of refugees admitted to U.S. was 22,491 from sixty-four countries.
“With unprecedented international need and the opportunity to demonstrate global humanitarian leadership we feel we have thehistory, capacity, experience and interest to do much more,” said Eskinder Negash, USCRI President and CEO, “Throughout our history, refugees and immigrants have been welcomed to America by presidents from both parties in war and in peace.”
If the Administration fulfills their planned goal, 30,000 lives will be saved and that is significant. However, we cannot forget those millions of individuals and families whose lives are in danger; who languish in camps or who struggle without protection. Families will continue to be separated despite their attempts to reunite in safety.
USCRI will join with thousands of community allies to closely monitor and hold the Administration accountable for taking the steps necessary to show commitment and admit each refugee possible.
For over 100 years USCRI has protected the rights and addressed the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supports their transition to a dignified life.