Rep. Johnson Introduces Resolution to Boost the Number of Refugees Admitted to U.S.
51 members of Congress urge that number to be at least 110,000 refugees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced H. Res. 1073 to increase the number of refugees fleeing violence and persecution that can be admitted into the United States.
United States is on track to resettle the lowest number of refugee arrivals this year since The Refugee Act was passed in 1980. The presidential determination – which the U.S. President sets as the refugee admissions goal for a coming fiscal year -- is only 45,000 for FY2018, the lowest ever, but the U.S. is not on track to resettle even half of that number.
The White House announced this week that the goal for FY2019 will only be 30,000 refugees, a record low. As of September 17, the U.S. has only resettled 20,198 refugees this federal fiscal year.
Rep. Johnson’s resolution urges that number to be at least 110,000 refugees.
“With global need at its highest, this administration has reversed our nation’s history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement,” said Johnson. “The xenophobic and anti-immigrant policies coming out of this White House – pushed by Stephen Miller and the president – are a direct correlation to the paltry number of refugees that are being resettled. And now the administration is threatening to cut the program even more.”
The resolution also demands that President Trump and his administration must operate the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) in good faith. Contrary to the administration’s contention that refugees are dangerous, Rep. Johnson said admitting refugees to our country is not just good ethics, but it’s good for the economy and foreign policy.
“It’s in our national security interests to take in refugees because that helps stabilize frontline nations who are overburdened by refugees, and the refugees who come to this country create jobs as entrepreneurs and are self-sufficient within six months,” he said.
Refugee resettlement and humanitarian groups around the state and nation hailed Rep. Johnson’s resolution as progress.
“On behalf of the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), a coalition of eighteen Georgia refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations, I would like to thank Congressman Johnson for his leadership in asking Congress to support an increased refugee admissions ceiling of 110,000 for Fiscal Year 2019,” said CRSA Chair Frances McBrayer. “As a generous and compassionate country, the United States has a long, proud tradition of welcoming refugees. Refugee resettlement is a powerful tool that helps the most vulnerable populations, aids the most unstable regions, and advances U.S. security and strategic interests overseas.”
Original Cosponsors (51): Barragán, Bass, Bernice Johnson, Beyer, Blumenauer, Brown (MD), Carson, Carbajal, Clarke, Cicilline, Cohen, Correa, Davis (IL), DeGette, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Doggett, Ellison, Eshoo, Espaillat, Gallego, Grijalva, Gutiérrez, Hanabusa, Hastings, Holmes Norton, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Keating, Khanna, Kildee, Larsen, Lee, Luján, McCollum, McGovern, Meeks, Moore, Pallone, Jr., Panetta, Pocan, Raskin, Roybal Allard, Sires, Smith, Schakowsky, Vargas, Velázquez, Wasserman Schultz, Watson Coleman, Welch.
Endorsed By: US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Family Action Network Movement (FANM), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, New York Immigration Coalition, QLatinx, Refugee Empowerment Center, Rights for All People, Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project, Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network, Veterans for American Ideals, Workers Defense Project.