Friends, Supporters, and Champions
Today, April 16th, the Biden administration announced that the United States' refugee admissions cap for this fiscal year will remain at its all-time low level of 15,000 —the number set by the Trump administration. Although the president is ending the discriminatory allocations on refugees who can be resettled, the news that he has broken his promise to raise this year’s admissions cap is bitterly disappointing to all of us. 
The delay in signing today’s order means the United States will likely fall well short of resettling even 15,000 refugees this year. While President Biden has affirmed America’s moral responsibilities to refugees, he has failed to back his words with actions.
While JFS’ case management services for immigrant populations in Delaware have never slowed, resettlement has been at a heart-breaking crawl. JFS Delaware joins other resettlement agencies in expressing our deep disappointment and frustration that we cannot continue this important work. We have worked hard to open doors and hearts in Delaware for those seeking a safe home in America and we are eager to re-engage our corps of volunteers and network of partners in these meaningful efforts.
“The global need for resettlement has never been greater,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. “President Biden must . . . help restore America’s role as a global humanitarian leader.” [read HIAS' full statement HERE]
JFS Delaware remains committed to the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger; we welcome refugees no matter where they come from, what religion they practice, what language they speak, or why they are seeking refuge. We will continue to advocate for ALL immigrants in our community, as well as those seeking safety and security in Delaware and across the country.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the political restrictions that create obstacles to pursuing our mission. We will continue to educate and mobilize our community to join us in these efforts in every way we are able. Updates regarding this announcement, including opportunities to sign petitions or take action, will be shared as they come to light.
Thank you for your loyalty and support of our mission.
Have a good weekend and Shabbat Shalom,
Basha Silverman, CEO
Last month, JFS Delaware's refugee resettlement efforts and the inspiring journey of the Mulema family were featured in an NPR story! We are grateful for the opportunity to share our work and lift up the voices of those we serve.

Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS) is a nonprofit human services agency with a mission to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing counseling and support services. With an interdisciplinary and innovative approach, we combine talent, expertise, and leadership to make our robust therapeutic and support services available to everyone, regardless of religion, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or special need.
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