Last year, the administration set an historically low refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – in the face of the worst refugee crisis in global history. Since the resettlement program began, the annual goal has averaged 95,000 refugees.
By law, the administration must consult with Congress by the end of September, prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard. It is critical that members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, who are in charge of consulting with the administration, hear us strongly condemn a low admissions goal, especially of 18,000, and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in FY20.
It’s also a critical time to urge your governor, mayor, and other state and local elected leaders to publicly demonstrate their support for refugee resettlement.
Below are the top three ways to take action.