CWS Denounces Trump Administration’s Insufficient 45,000 Refugee Admissions Cap

September 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2017 | 202-733-5151


Nothing less than a 75,000 refugee admissions target is remotely adequate

After media reports that the Trump administration has decided to move forward with a refugee admissions goal of just 45,000 for the next fiscal year, Erol Kekic, the Executive Director of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program, issued the following statement:

“This is an absurdly low refugee admissions goal for the United States –especially against the bleak backdrop of a global migrant crisis that has now displaced more than 66 million people from their homes. The proposed limit of 45,000 people–the lowest ceiling in our history–is a moral outrage that deepens an ongoing humanitarian crisis and undermines America’s role as a global leader.

“The argument that the Department of Homeland Security lacks capacity to interview refugees is absurd, especially as they recently announced that they have the resources to spy on immigrants, including naturalized US Citizens.

“President Trump continues to defy hard factsbipartisan support, and the overwhelming will of the American people who stand for welcome. CWS will not cease to advocate for our refugee and immigrant brothers and sisters. We urge all our elected officials to follow suit.”

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