American leadership on humanitarian matters, including refugee resettlement, has taken a heavy blow over the last two years.
In 2016, the annual refugee ceiling for the U.S. was set at 110,000. Today, the ceiling has been set to just 30,000 refugees — the lowest cap in the history of the United States refugee resettlement program.
Even now, nearly halfway through the fiscal year, the United States is on track to welcome just a fraction of those 30,000 refugees — a shameful reality that puts the lives of thousands of refugees at risk. Exacerbating this trend, the Administration has implemented a travel ban that bars vulnerable refugees in Muslim-majority countries from seeking asylum in the U.S.
Still, there is hope. For 80 years, LIRS has led the Lutheran movement to welcome refugees and America. Nationwide, communities stand poised to embrace vulnerable refugees — and we have allies in Congress who are prepared to advocate boldly to preserve America’s legacy of welcome.
Earlier this month, Congress members introduced a bill that would effectively repeal the travel ban — a big step toward a stronger, more fair refugee admissions program.
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