As you may know, despite the continued global need, the number of refugees resettled by the United States has plummeted this year. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, our country set an annual goal to admit 45,000 refugees, the lowest target in the history of the refugee program. In addition to this low resettlement target, it is deeply concerning that at the halfway point of FY18, the U.S. has resettled a mere 9,616 refugees. At this rate, the program is not even on pace to reach 20,000 refugees, half of the year's low refugee admissions target.
The U.S. is a longstanding world leader in welcoming and resettling the most vulnerable refugees. But refugees are more than just numbers and statistics, they are our neighbors, our friends, our fellow parishioners, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In light of this year's troubling admissions, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration will be issuing a letter voicing support for refugees and the U.S. resettlement program. As we approach the half way mark for resettlement, we need your help to lift-up the Catholic community's voice in support of refugees.
Please sign-on to a Catholic partners letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, expressing your support for refugees and robust refugee resettlement.
Please find the full text of the letter below. Consider signing on here as a Catholic organization; Catholic priest, brother, or sister; or Catholic professional or volunteer lay person. Signatories will be accepted through 5pm ET on Friday, March 23rd.
Now is the time to voice your support for refugees! Let the Administration know that as Catholics we continue to stand in solidarity with refugees!
Click here to read the full letter.