By September 30th, the administration is required by U.S. law to consult with leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before deciding how many refugees can be resettled to the United States in FY 2021. But all Senators and Representatives should hear from their constituents and express their support for refugees with committee members and the administration.
Our country can - and should - safely resettle more refugees and reunite more refugee families. Refugees contribute greatly to the United States in ordinary times, and have continued to show up for their new communities during the COVID-19 crisis, with many working on the frontlines of the pandemic, including 176,000 refugees serving in the healthcare field and 175,000 working as part of the food supply chain. Per CDC guidelines, all international travelers – including refugees – must undergo thorough medical checks for COVID-like symptoms prior to entering the U.S. and are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
This administration has already cut refugee admissions by more than 80%, from the historic average goal of 95,000 to just 18,000 in FY 2020 – an all-time low. As people who care about refugees, we must send a strong message to Congress that their constituents want to build back the resettlement program by setting the FY 2021 refugee admissions goal at the historic norm of 95,000.
Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to hold the administration accountable to hold meaningful consultations and restore the resettlement program historic norms.