The Trump Administration is currently preparing to set the goal for the number of refugees that will be allowed to be admitted to the United States for the coming fiscal year (FY). This process is called the “Presidential Determination” (PD). Before setting the new refugee Presidential Determination, the President is required by federal law to consult with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Nearly two hundred organizations, including USCCB and many JFI member organizations, already sent a letter to President Trump urging him to build back the U.S. resettlement program by setting a goal of 95,000 refugees.

Also, USCCB and Catholic and Evangelical organizations sent a letter to Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo to encourage building back the resettlement program, raising particular concerns about resettlement needs of refugees fleeing religious persecution.

But more needs to be done.