Yesterday, the President signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020, which set his drastic reduction in refugee resettlement. Over the past three years, the refugee ceiling has been reduced from over 100,000 to 18,000. This is a clear abandonment of the world’s most vulnerable people, thousands of whom had already been approved for resettlement in the U.S.
In the nearly 40 years of the resettlement program, the United States has been a model for and leader in resettling refugees from around the world. Our country’s legacy of welcome has saved and provided opportunities to millions of refugees, most of whom are women and children. Communities across the country agree that the resettlement program is a strong statement of what we stand for as a nation. The 2020 admissions ceiling contradicts that sentiment.
In response to the Presidential Determination, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, President and CEO of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, said that resettlement is a life-saving program that contributes toward making the United States a powerful nation. The ECDC network is committed now more than ever to serving and creating solutions that respond to the needs of displaced people around the world.