President Trump to Reconsider Refugee Numbers

Before the end of the month, President Trump is expected to announce how many refugees he will allow into the country through the U.S. refugee resettlement program. The administration has reduced the number of refugees permitted into the U.S. from foreign refugee camps over the last few years, capping the program in 2019 at 30,000 (the U.S. allowed 85,000 refugees in 2016). Administration officials have reportedly said they want to reduce the number of refugees allowed even further for fiscal year 2020. 
 
Refugees are not migrants. They do not leave voluntarily, but are forced to leave their country because of war, persecution, human rights violations, or other violence. In 2018, the majority of refugees came from the Congo, Burma (now Myanmar), Ukraine, Bhutan, and Eritrea. Refugees undergo a rigorous screening process that includes security screenings with the FBI, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the National Counterterrorism Center/Intelligence Community, and finally the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Permitting refugees fleeing war and religious persecution to settle in the U.S is part of what makes our country a model of generosity for the world. The MCC issued an Action Alert yesterday asking our network members to contact the President and the Missouri Congressional delegation to protect the refugee resettlement program. If you haven't already done so, please consider participating in the alert by clicking here

September 23, 2019 - 1:16pm
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