Talking Points

Talking Points on Refugee Resettlement

  • As the United States aims to put its values and interests first, it must not forget that offering freedom from oppression is one of our founding principles. Resettling refugees is a way that the U.S. can live out its core values and ensure a more stable world.
  • In the midst of the worst global displacement crisis in history with more than 22.5 million refugees worldwide, it would be inhumane and an abdication of U.S. leadership to fail to meet this year’s refugee admissions goal of 45,000.
  • From the beginning, refugee resettlement has been championed by faith communities, business owners, and local governments.
  • Resettlement has clear benefits for the U.S. as refugees bring innovation and passion to localities.
  • Refugee resettlement has historically enjoyed strong bipartisan support because it reflects American values. Presidents have used refugee admissions to support those who seek liberty and reject ideologies antithetical to American values. Republicans and Democrats have raised refugee admissions for populations fleeing communist uprisings, religious persecution and tyranny in countries like Vietnam, Cuba, the former Soviet Union, Kosovo, Myanmar, and Iran.
  • The U.S. will likely resettle far fewer than the administration’s refugee admissions goal of 45,000 in FY18. As a consequence:
    • The United States has lost credibility as a moral leader and influence as a foreign policy leader.
    • The United States has been deprived of the contributions -- intellectual and creative, economic and political -- of tens of thousands of potential newcomers.
    • Refugees and their families have been stranded, separated, and scarred by current US policies, leaving many mid-process and more with little hope of anticipated US entry.  The consequences to those with nowhere to go are incalculable.
    • U.S. structures and funding constrictions have resulted in lowered capacity and loss of institutional memory and experience in the successful U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

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