April 3, 2018
Are you aware of the current state of America’s refugee resettlement program? These excerpts from a recent post on the American Immigration Council website may surprise you!
Six months into fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has admitted roughly 10,520 refugees. Imposing bans, travel restrictions, and new procedures have virtually halted the program for refugees from Somalia, Syria, and other war-torn countries.If admissions continue at this slow pace, the United States may barely reach 20,000 refugee admissions by the end of the year. This is a sobering number. In 2016, the United States admitted 84,995 refugees. At a time when the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, the United States is on track to admit fewer refugees than ever before.
While the number of refugees continues to grow—there are 22.5 million refugees in the world who have fled their homes because of persecution, war, violence or other disasters—our admissions shrink further. It is critical that we continue to press the government to meet its refugee admissions target this year, and to increase that target significantly in the coming years. Read more here by Mary Giovagnoli
Please join Plymouth’s Immigration Ministry team in making your voice heard as a person who supports our humanitarian values to shelter the oppressed and persecuted.