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Action Alerts2016-12-29T14:59:27-04:00

Protect Refugee Resettlement

As September 30, 2019, (the end of the fiscal year) approaches, the Trump Administration is required to announce the Presidential Determination (PD) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which determines the number of refugees allowed to be admitted to the United States. The FY2019 PD was set at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. Meanwhile, there are nearly 26 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement.

Despite the continued global need, some in the Trump Administration are reportedly calling to “zero out” the program for FY 2020. USCCB said that zeroing out the refugee program “would be contrary to America values.” The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom registered their “alarm. The Senate and House have both introduced the Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act, GRACE Act, S. 1088, H.R. 2146, which would set 95,000 as the minimum PD.

As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of refugees to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. We continue to be deeply concerned that low admission numbers mean that refugees fleeing persecution are left in harms’ way and that refugee families are left separated across the continents. For this reason, the U.S. Catholic Bishops urge you to express solidarity with refugees now in this moment of great need.

Learn more about refugees and refugee resettlement on our resource page.

Congress: Please Robustly Support Refugees At Every Stage of Their Journeys to Safety and Freedom

In the days and weeks around June 20, 2019, communities across the globe celebrate the 19th Annual World Refugee Day. Standing in solidarity with refugees at every stage of their journey to safety and freedom, the Catholic Church celebrates the special courage and resilience of refugees and refugee families.
In his message for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis calls us to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate all those living in the existential peripheries of society, whether migrants or otherwise. As he notes, “it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.”

 

Ask your U.S. Representative to VOTE FOR H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act

TOMORROW: The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, this week (likely on Tuesday). If passed into law, H.R. 6 would provide a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders living in the United States.

Background

H.R. 6 would provide critical permanent legal protection to Dreamers, TPS and DED holders who are living in a state of uncertainty and fear. The USCCB’s Committee on Migration Chairman, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, has voiced support for the bill numerous times: issuing a March 15, 2019 statement endorsing H.R. 6, sending a letter to each Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the bill, and endorsing individual component bills of H.R. 6 prior to markup in the House Judiciary Committee on May 22nd.