Every year the administration decides the cap on how many refugees can be admitted to the United States. After setting the refugee admission cap at 30,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 - a historic low, it has been reported that some Trump administration officials have proposed that almost no refugees be admitted in Fiscal Year 2020. This proposal is for a near shut-down of the U.S. refugee resettlement program, which would wind down the United States’ decades-long commitment to extending hospitality and a safe haven to those fleeing violence and persecution worldwide.
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.
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 and the Trump Administration to protect refugee resettlement and oppose proposals to decimate the program.