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.
- Refugee Council USA February 2018 Report Card on Refugee Arrivals
- Refugee Integration and Economic Contributions to the United States
- State by State Information
- RCUSA refugee 101 backgrounder
- RCUSA background on the security screening process
- Refugee Resettlement State Profiles
- Letters and articles, national and state-by-state, demonstrating welcome for refugees
- Letter from former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security
- Letter to Congress from 20 Former National Security Officials
- Former U.S. Officials Sign Letter to President Trump Rejecting Revised Refugee Ban Executive Order
- Letter signed by more than 5,000 faith leaders affirming welcome for refugees
- 4,000 Catholic priests, religious brothers and sisters, and deacons continue broad support for refugee resettlement program
- Top evangelical leaders from all 50 states call on President Trump and Vice President Pence to support refugees
- Over 1,900 Rabbis support welcoming refugees
- 80 CEOs and business leaders across 12 industries call on President Trump to uphold refugee and immigration policies that affirm the equal opportunity of the American Dream
- 1,000 health care professionals sign letter to President Trump affirming support for refugees and resettlement
- Quotes from faith leaders in opposition to refugee executive order