(Arlington, VA) – According to press reports, the administration is currently conducting internal discussions about whether to further reduce the admission of refugees from around the world. Refugee admissions have already been reduced by one third from previous levels, and there is apparently consideration of eliminating them entirely. These cuts – and additional cuts have been proposed – have raised concerns from national security officials, among others.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“The United States has long stood by its commitment to offer refuge to those whose very existence is threatened because of their political beliefs, their religion or for other reasons. Resettling refugees here saves lives and families – and sometimes whole communities. Additionally, we know that the vast majority of refugees who come here – like other immigrants – make immeasurable contributions to our nation. They remind us of the dangers of oppressive and tyrannical governments, and they contribute to our communities, economy, and our nation.
«With this in mind, it would have an adverse effect to further reduce — or even eliminate entirely — refugee admissions that have already been slashed. We should not simply turn our back on those who face oppression around the world, and who yearn for nothing more than to live freely and realize their full potential.»