Refugee Policy Updates
Refugee Council USA applauds the United States’ District Court in Hawaii’s recent decision to issue a temporary restraining order that blocks the execution of the Trump Administration’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” Executive Order.
Refugee Council USA opposes today's revised Executive Order renewing the U.S. ban on refugee resettlement. This harmful and ill-considered order singles out the most vetted, most vulnerable people, and will not improve national security.
RCUSA will stand in firm opposition to any attempts to halt refugee resettlement to the United States; efforts to ban specific refugee groups because of their faith; and, the reduction by 60% of the number of refugees that America welcomes this year.
Refugee Council USA stands in firm opposition to President Trump’s Executive Order that suspends the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days; bans the arrival of Syrian refugees; and, reduces the overall number of refugees who will enter the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000.
Secretary Madeleine Albright and others spoke on today's RCUSA press call in support of refugees and in opposition to President Trumps drafted executive order on refugees. Read their remarks.
The RCUSA 2017 Post-Election Toolkit contains resources, how tos, and template materials for engaging local, state, and national elected officials in support of refugee protection and resettlement.
RCUSA's transition document for the new administration.
RCUSA members have released the following statements regarding refugees and the 2016 presidential election results.
The updated RCUSA 2016 Local Congressional Visit Toolkit discusses how you can help increase resources for refugee protection & resettlement, with advocacy strategies specific to actions needed in November and December.
RCUSA encourages U.S. Government action in the region that strengthens access to asylum and expands protection across the region.
RCUSA's statement and principles for increasing the role of private actors in refugee resettlement.
On September 19th, the UN General Assembly will host the Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees and on September 20th, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Read RCUSA's statement.
This RCUSA 2016 Local Congressional Visit Toolkit discusses how you can help increase resources for refugee protection & resettlement.
Over 500 national and local organizations show their support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and oppose legislation that would stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees with a sign on letter to the Senate.
20 former national security officials sent a letter to Congress expressing their support for the U.S. refugee program and opposition to proposals that would halt or limit resettlement.
81 national organizations sign a letter to Congress in support of Syrian refugees and the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
National and local organizations from around the country sent a letter to President Obama with recommendations for how the U.S. should respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.
22 former government officials send President Obama and Congressional leadership a letter urging U.S. leadership and increased humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a group of fourteen senators in calling on President Barack Obama to significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to resettle in the United States.