Last week, in a report to congress, the Administration proposed setting the refugee admissions goal at an all time time historic low of 15,000 refugees. The administration is required by U.S. law to consult with Congress about the refugee admissions goal, also known as the “Presidential Determination” (PD), before the start of the fiscal year. It has failed to do so. And, it has failed to sign a refugee admissions goal for 2021, grinding the resettlement program to an indefinite halt.
Since taking office, the administration has sought to dismantle and destroy the U.S. refugee resettlement system, betraying the U.S.’s legacy as a global humanitarian leader. After setting the lowest refugee admissions goal of 18,000 in the program’s history last year, the Trump administration has been poised to continue on this trajectory. 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 the fiscal year of 2021.
Please 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 and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in 2021.