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URGENT: U.S. Refugee Program in Danger - Act Now!

September 19 2018 - URGENT ACTION: Tell Congress a Refugee Admissions Goal of 30,000 Is Unacceptable!

As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard.

There is an unprecedented global refugee crisis and yet, on Monday, September 17, 2018, the Trump administration continued to decimate the refugee program, announcing it will cap refugee admissions at 30,000, the lowest level in U.S. history.

In 1939, the U.S. turned away a boat of 900 Jewish refugees, forcing them back to Europe, many to their deaths. Recognizing the error of its ways, 40, years later, the U.S. enacted the U.S. Refugee Act, and became  a global leader in refugee protection and resettlement.

Few will dispute that U.S. actions in 1939 were inhumane and based on ignorance and unfounded fears. Yet today we are ignoring the lessons from history.

By closing the door to tens of thousands of refugees, we are operating under misguided assumptions, and failing once again to live up to the ideals and moral principles that make America great.


  • Since 1981, the U.S. has resettled an average of 76,773 refugees per year.

  • The vast majority are family reunifications, bringing spouses back together, returning children to their parents care.

  • In 2018 the US admitted less than half of the historically low ceiling of 45,000 refugee admissions.

With a ceiling reduced by one third for 2019, how many refugees might we expect to be admitted in FY 2019?

The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.

What can you do?

Tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is unacceptable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000.

Call your Representative and Senators.

Through its #GreaterAs1 campaign, Church World Services has been a vocal advocate for refugee admissions. Click on this link to be patched through to your legislators. A sample script is provided.

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*This Administration is doing everything it can from outright bans, budget cuts and reducing refugee admissions to the lowest number since the start of the program. 

Trumps Huge Mistake on RefugeesBy Ariana A. Berengaut and Antony J. Blinken, September 11, 2018