Resettlement Quota

Increase the quota

While the U.S. approves resettlement for more refugees than all other countries combined, the Administration has capped the number at 70,000 annually for each of the last two years. This is half the number who were allowed into the country 20 years ago.

Increasing the quota would allow us to assist more of the most vulnerable, those who remain at-risk even after having fled the immediate threat in their home countries: women who are heads of households in cultures where men traditionally serve as protectors, children who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, and persecuted LGBT persons. We would also share some of the burden shouldered by smaller countries that have welcomed refugees in unprecedented numbers and spent millions caring for them. 

How a more generous quota helps

A stunningly low number of Syrians have been resettled in the United States since the conflict began in that country. If the U.S. committed to resettling at least half the Syrian refugees who need resettlement -- 15,000 each year over the next five years -- we would save some of the most vulnerable. This should be in addition to the 70,000 the U.S. has already committed to resettle. Rescuing less than 1% of Syrian refugees will not relieve the burden on those countries in the region that are hosting millions but it would show that the U.S. is doing what it can to support those countries and the Syrian people.  HIAS Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee