WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering issuing an executive order barring the resettlement of refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, calling for “extreme vetting” and reducing the number of refugee admissions in the United States from 110,000 to 50,000, according to leaked documents...
"Cutting all funding to the U.N., which includes the Refugee Agency, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF, would cause immeasurable suffering," writes HIAS VP for Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer.
It's going to take all of us, working harder than ever, to make sure that refugees still feel welcome in this country. It is up to us to ensure that the U.S. remains a place where families fleeing war and persecution can find safety and dignity.
Refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons from each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia participated in the Refugee Congress, sharing their own stories and helping to inform policy makers about the realities and challenges of fleeing persecution and restarting life in a new land.
George has called America home since he was seven years old. Originally from Liberia, his family fled a violent civil war. George was on Capitol Hill last week to meet his representatives in Congress because, he said, “I wanted to be a voice for refugees. I know their struggle.”
“I just think that this is really a matter of values when you come right down to it, and I think our country is enriched by refugees like my grandfather,” said Senator Al Franken (D-MN). “I think we have to do a gut check here, and see who we are as a people.”
In advance of a September 28, 2016, congressional hearing on the Obama administration's plans for the U.S. refugee resettlement program for fiscal year 2017, HIAS submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.