Last night, the Trump administration slashed the number of refugees we will welcome to no more than 30,000, the lowest in the history of the program. This immoral decision comes at time when we’re facing unprecedented global displacement - 25.4 million refugees are in need of protection around the world--the highest number in recorded history. Tens of thousands of lives are at risk and families are waiting to be reunited.
Since his inauguration, Trump has ripped apart the refugee resettlement program piece by piece. This year, he set refugee admission to a historic low of 45,000 arrivals, of which we’ve only resettled 18,327 to date. And, over the summer, he nominated an extreme anti-refugee zealot, Ronald Mortensen, as head of the refugee resettlement program.
Did you hear the good news? Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed the state legislature's lawsuit to halt refugee resettlement to Tennessee. The ruling was a victory for our members, for refugee families, and for the majority of Tennesseans whose faith and values call them to welcome families fleeing violence and war.
Just over a year ago, Trump issued his first travel ban, blocking individuals from several Muslim-majority countries—and all refugees—from entering the country. Outraged, our communities came together and fought back against these bans in the streets and in the courts. Together, we blocked numerous attempts by the Trump Administration to keep refugees and Muslims out of our country.