Background: Right now, the Trump administration is trying to further dismantle the refugee resettlement program by setting the refugee admissions goal at a drastic new low of 25,000 for fiscal year 2019. This reduction would follow this year’s already historically low goal of 45,000. Currently, less than 20,000 refugees have been resettled so far as we approach the end of this fiscal year, and if next year’s goal is set even lower, actual admissions will continue to drop.
Tens of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. With over 28.5 million refugees in the world, we are experiencing the worst global refugee crisis in history. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to see the administration commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees next year.