Every year the administration decides the cap on how many refugees can be admitted to the United States. The Trump administration has announced drastic cuts to the number of refugees that the United States plans to resettle during the upcoming 2019 fiscal year. The refugee admission cap has been set at 30,000.
This is a 33% decrease from the current year, and the lowest number of refugees admitted to the country since the creation of the Refugee Resettlement Program in 1980. President Trump already set the admission cap at 45,000 for 2018, which was a drastic cut, and historic low -- and in practice, only 21,000 individuals will actually be resettled.
Refugees have become critical members of our communities, bringing skills and blessings with them. Refugee resettlement is life-saving program that protects and shelters some of most vulnerable neighbors who are fleeing persecution for their political or religious beliefs, ethnicity, or nationality. In the midst of the largest refugee crisis in modern history, it is critical that the United States continues to demonstrate strong leadership on resettlement and maintain a strong refugee resettlement program. Without resettlement, refugees can spend years in camps marked by instability, danger, and little hope for rebuilding their lives. And without a program that welcomes them, the U.S. stands to lose a critical piece of what it means to be American.
Scripture reminds us that when we welcome the stranger in our midst, we are welcoming Christ among us. As fellow image bearers, we both know that God commands us to care for our vulnerable neighbors and that refugees in turn will bless our communities.
Ask Congress today to protect refugee resettlement and ensure that at least 75,000 refugees are admitted to the United States in 2019.