As you may know, the global refugee crisis is ongoing, with more than 22.5 million refugees worldwide, and the corresponding need for resettlement is great. The U.S. has historically offered safe haven to the most vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied refugee children, elderly and infirm refugees, and religious minorities.
Unfortunately, earlier this summer, with the partial implementation of Executive Order 13780, U.S. refugee admissions reached a historically low cap of 45,000 refugees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. As Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration stated: “Resettling only 45,000 refugees a year, down from 110,000, does not reflect the need, our compassion, and our capacity as a nation. We firmly believe that as a nation the United States has the good will, character, leadership, and resources to help more vulnerable people seek refuge.”
As we approach the end of the fiscal year, the Administration is working with Congress to set new admissions levels for FY 2018. We need your support to urge the government to admit at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2018. Take action and voice your support for refugees by sending the following message: