Refugees are men, women and children fleeing war, persecution and political upheaval who have crossed borders to seek safety in another country. Most eventually go home when it’s safe, some stay in temporary refugee settlements, and a tiny fraction resettle in a third country, such as the United States.
The U.S. is just one of 29 resettlement countries. Out of the more than 26 million refugees in the world, less than one percent are considered for resettlement worldwide.
The U.S. accepts a limited number of refugees each year. The president in consultation with Congress determines the authorized target for refugee admissions through a Presidential Determination. The Trump Administration slashed refugee admissions by more than 85%, setting record-low admission caps nearly every year: 30,000 for 2019, 18,000 for 2020 and just 15,000 for 2021.
These numbers represented a stark decline from the average annual admissions cap of 95,000 under both Republican and Democratic administrations since the program was founded.
*Refugees are a worldwide crisis – over 26 million are in need – only 1% get an opportunity for resettlement.
*Refugee resettlement advances American strategic objectives abroad
*The world’s poorest countries host 85% of all refugees – that should change
*Poorer countries can’t meet the needs of their own citizens – much less help these refugees
*If the United States doesn’t step up – other countries may not help or even close their borders to refugees
*Changes in US policy can make the whole experience better
*Refugees work and can help with the labor shortage
*Refugees are a large economic cost and strain on domestic resources
*Taking in refugees leads to brain drain
*refugees may pose a threat to national security
*Refugee resettlement can never help 26 million in worldwide crisis –
*We should help support helping refugees where they are – our aid has a greater effect
*It’s only treating the symptoms – not the root cause of the growing refugee crisis
*It leads to cultural erosion for the refugee
*Unemployed refugees may turn to crime
*Increased refugee resettlement in the current climate will increase racial and cultural tensions
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