CWS CONDEMNS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR SLASHING REFUGEE ADMISSIONS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR
New refugee admissions cap is the lowest in US history
After the Trump administration announced Wednesday it will dramatically lower the number of refugees admitted in the United States in Fiscal Year 2018, Erol Kekic, Executive Director of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program, issued the following statement:
“As we’ve said just yesterday, 45,000 is an abysmally low refugee admissions goal for the United States–and nothing short of 75,000 is remotely adequate. Slashing our refugee admissions ceiling–amid the largest global displacement crisis since World War II–is morally callous, economically misguided, and politically unsound. This decision does not reflect the broad bipartisanship and community welcome we see for refugees across our nation. We urge every elected official in our country to stand up for humanity, honor our proud legacy of welcome, and represent the will of their constituents by vocally supporting robust refugee resettlement. Every American can help make a difference over the coming days, and we call on all members of the public to make yourselves heard.”
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