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ECDC Calls for Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY 2021

ECDC Calls for Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for FY 2021

ECDC calls for Emergency Action from the Biden Administration to put into force the Presidential Determination for 2021 of 62,500 refugee admissions that he proposed in mid-February. The fate of many refugees remains uncertain unless the president takes bold action to re-establish the program. Biden must act NOW.

Refugee resettlement dwindled to the lowest numbers in history under the previous administration. Despite the lengthy vetting process and years of waiting, thousands of refugees were stranded in mid-stream under the xenophobic measures of the Trump administration. Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., president of ECDC, one of the country’s nine national resettlement agencies, said, “I urge President Biden to make the restoration of the Refugee Resettlement program a reality and honor his campaign promises. The nation needs to see a return to the historic initiatives that characterized its very founding.”

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ECDC’s mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socio-economic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and to conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. For more information about ECDC, please visit us at ecdcus.org.