Currently, there are more than 68.5 million people displaced from their homes, worldwide. We are also facing the largest global refugee crisis in recorded history, with 25.4 million registered refugees searching for safety. Additionally, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers, with 3.1 million people awaiting asylum decisions. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. We cannot turn our backs on those refugees we have pledged to welcome.
This year, the administration set the refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Even more upsetting is that last year, the administration resettled less than half of their then-historic low 45,000 goal. This cannot happen again. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to hold the administration accountable to meeting its 30,000 refugee admissions goal and commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020.
The administration has also repeatedly tried to ban asylum seekers from seeking protection in the United States. The asylum ban is cruel, unnecessary, and illegal. It has life or death consequences for families and individuals who are fleeing violence. All people have the right to seek a safe place to call home, and seeking asylum is protected within U.S. and international law. As the administration tries to prevent asylum seekers from accessing protection, we must demand that our Members of Congress defend our values and ensure the U.S. responds with humanity and compassion.