Refugee Services of Texas is outraged that the Trump Administration has set the refugee admissions goal for the fiscal year 2019 at the lowest number in the history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
It's unconscionable to set the goal at 30,000 refugees for FY19 for the richest nation on Earth at a time the world faces the worst displacement of vulnerable people in history, with more than 68.5 million refugees displaced worldwide.
The 30,000 goal -- the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980 -- is an affront to the majority of Americans who welcome and support vulnerable families seeking to rebuild their lives in safety, lives that now will be at further risk.
With less than one month remaining in Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. has only resettled approximately 21,000 refugees--less than half of the FY18 all-time low admissions goal of 45,000.
Refugee Services of Texas urges Texans and all Americans to contact the White House and members of Congress to register their alarm and to demand that the United States continue to remain a beacon of hope for refugees forced to flee for their survival, and to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2019.
-Russell Smith, CEO of Refugee Services of Texas, on the Proposed Presidential Determination of 30,000 Refugees in FY2019 – The Lowest Number in U.S. History
An Unaccompanied Child (UC) is defined as a child under 18 years of age who has no immigration status and has been separated from their biological parent. While there are UCs from all over the world, children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have arrived at the Texas border with Mexico in record numbers in recent years. By law, the United States Health and Human Services department must provide for the custody and care of these children unless a sponsor can be found while they go through the immigration process. Less than 10% of UCs receives post release services.