Today, October 20, Congressional leaders will meet with Administration officials to consult them on their proposal to resettle 15,000 refugees in FY21 – the lowest admissions in the 40-year history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The administration has also moved away from allocating populations based on geographic need or vulnerability, which makes it less likely that 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled this year.
For nearly four decades, the annual goal has averaged 95,000 refugees. Today, there are 29.6 million refugees worldwide — but refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety.
Congress must weigh in on the President’s decision. It is critical that all legislators, especially those on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, who are charged with the responsibility of consulting the administration, hear strong support for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in FY21.
We need you to express your support for welcoming refugees. Send an email to your legislator through our action center and tell them you strongly condemn a low admissions goal. Ask them to support a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 and an expansions of allocation categories based on geographic need and vulnerability in FY21.
Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is one of the largest immigration and refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. LIRS is nationally recognized for its leadership working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through 80 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.