The Trump administration is going through widespread backlash after revealing plans to set the cap on the variety of refugees to be admitted into the U.S. subsequent 12 months at 18,000, marking the bottom stage for the reason that program was first launched 40 years in the past.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program’s new cap represents a 40 % drop from this 12 months’s restrict, which was already considerably decrease than the practically 85,000 refugees that the U.S. allowed in beneath the Obama administration in 2016.
Railing in opposition to the Trump administration’s resolution, David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, which works in assist of refugees, stated the Thursday announcement marked “a very sad day for America.”
“This decision represents further damage to America’s leadership on protecting the most vulnerable people around the world,” Miliband stated in a press release shared with Newsweek. “It has no basis in logic or need, damages America’s interests, and tarnishes her values.”
“It is an unspeakable setback for refugee mothers who wish to see their children in school, parents who wish to work and support their family, and children who deserve a chance at life that isn’t solely defined by the instability and the trauma of their childhood,” he stated.
Calling the U.S.’s refugee resettlement program an “essential lifeline” to “vulnerable refugees at a time of unprecedented global crisis,” Miliband stated: “historic bipartisan support for this program—providing safety for persecuted people–has demonstrated U.S. values in action.”
Now, the Trump administration is drawing these values into query on the worldwide stage, he prompt, earlier than calling on Congress to behave by passing laws searching for to set the “minimum annual goal” for admissions at 95,000, which it has reached prior to now.
“With the administration slashing admissions and disregarding this bipartisan tradition, Congress has the power to act to uphold America’s legacy by passing the GRACE Act which would set 95,000 as the minimum annual goal in line with historic norms,” Miliband stated.
The GRACE Act was introduced by Democratic California Rep. Zoe Lofgren on April 9 this previous 12 months.
While it’s doubtless it could move within the House, it isn’t clear whether or not it could be accredited by Senate, regardless of the Refugee Admissions Program’s traditionally bipartisan assist.
“Only the most critical cases are referred and approved for resettlement-survivors of unspeakable violence, those with urgent health conditions and those separated from their families, among others.”
According to the group, the U.S. already at present has 30,000 individuals who have accomplished Department of Homeland Security interviews for resettlement, greater than double the quantity that the Trump administration is planning to permit to enter the U.S. within the subsequent 12 months. Meanwhile, practically 9,000 of those that have accomplished interviews are “ready for travel.”
“A halt to resettlement means many refugees in our communities will be left without casework expertise that is key to success in their integration—undermining the documented potential of refugees to realize and contribute,” the IRC stated. “Refugees are entrepreneurial, creating jobs and including vibrancy to native economies, and refugees have filled vital healthcare and transportation jobs in areas a few of the nation’s tightest labor markets.”
In a separate assertion, Ali Noorani, the manager director of the National Immigration Forum, stated that “such a low cap will further undermine the U.S. refugee resettlement program, hurt the network that helps refugees integrate, and damage our nation’s standing in the world.”
“Refugees contribute to our economy and communities,” Noorani stated. “We are hurting not only our standing but also ourselves.”
World Relief CEO Tim Breene additionally condemned the Trump administration’s resolution, asserting in a press release despatched to Newsweek: “We are heartbroken by the devastating ripple effect this drastic reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will cause around the world.”
“If America continues to systematically shutter the program designed to welcome and offer safe haven to human beings made in the image of God, we fear that other countries will continue to follow our example, doing less at a time when the number of refugees in need of protection globally is increasing,” Breene stated. “This proposed cut to the refugee resettlement program not only denies safety and freedom to people fleeing religious persecution, war and genocide, but also further dismantles our ability to demonstrate Christ-like hospitality toward the vulnerable.”