Increased funding is required
Providing a safe haven for refugees means adequately funding the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, which provides short-term assistance to newly arrived refugees while they become self-sufficient. Additionally, this funding assists the local communities that host refugees so that services are available for those newly arriving. Congress should increase 2014 funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement by $200 million. Current funding is not sufficient to respond to worldwide humanitarian crises.
Funding spread too thin
U.S. funding for the unaccompanied alien children (UAC) program comes from the same budget as the Refugee Program. With 80,000 to 90,000 unaccompanied children expected to arrive at our border by fall, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is facing a dire shortfall of funds and plans to use $94 million that has been allocated to assist newly arrived refugees to meet the needs of unaccompanied children. HIAS Statement to the House Judiciary Committee
It is crucial for the U.S. government to show leadership in addressing the needs of unaccompanied children without diluting its commitment to refugees who have fled for their lives with U.S. assistance. Funding must be increased, not re-directed. [take action]