Demand We #Welcome75K Refugees
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IN THE U.S. IS AT DIRE RISK. Since taking office, Trump has launched ongoing attacks on refugee resettlement, from halting refugee admissions as part of his travel ban to nominating the virulently anti-immigrant/refugee Ronald Mortensen to lead the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the State Department.
Last year, Trump set the refugee admissions goal at 45,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Even more upsetting is that three-quarters of the way through the year, we are on track to resettle less than half that number. Now, Trump has signaled his intention to reduce refugee admissions even further. This week, the New York Times reported next year's number to be around 25,000 refugees (a 77% reduction from the previous administration's goal) and Politico reported yesterday that Trump has previously considered numbers as low as 5,000 refugees. That's would be a 95% reduction of over the previous administration's 110,000 admissions goal.
We are facing the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history, with more than 68.5 million people displaced from their homes, 25.4 million of whom are registered refugees. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. With global need at its highest, our U.S. refugee resettlement program is being systematically dismantled. This is unconscionable.
As refugees and friends of refugees, we know the challenges newcomers face are greater than ever, and we must rally in support of our shared values of welcome. We, the undersigned, join together to uphold our nation's commitment to protect those seeking freedom, safety and refugee in the United States and demand we welcome 75,000 refugees in 2019. #Welcome75K