2018 Refugee Admittance Plan
Revealed on September 26, 2017
On Tuesday, September 26, Trump administration officials revealed that the President plans to admit no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States in 2018. This is the lowest number requested by any president since the passage of Refugee Act of 1980, which grants the President the legal authority to determine the number of refugees admitted into the US per year. This decision comes contrary to the recommendation of Defense and State Department officials, who have advised that Trump admit at least 50,000 refugees during the next fiscal year, and significantly lower than the maximum set by President Obama at 110,000.
Lowering the cap to 45,000 is not only blight on the moral consciousness of this country, but a major foreign policy fallacy. Additionally, Vice President of US Programs at the International Rescue Committee Hans Van de Weerd warned that this move will demonstrate to enemy countries from which refugees are fleeing that the US is just as unkind and apathetic as they make the country out to be, which ultimately means that this move to reduce refugee admission is a threat to national security.
- Take Action with the International Rescue Committee: The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. There is a plethora of ways in which you can support IRC’s work, including making a donation or planned gift, volunteering, or attending an IRC event.
- Support the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: Located in Baltimore, Maryland, LIRS advocates for and serves migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice. You can support LIRS donating to the organization or volunteering as a compassionate visitor at an immigration detention center with LIRS.
- Get Involved with the International Refugee Assistance Project: IRAP, a project sponsored by the Urban Justice Center, mobilizes law students and lawyers to provide direct legal aid and advocate for public policy to protect refugees and immigrants affected by Trump’s travel ban. You can support IRAP and those affected by the travel ban by donating, signing up for action alerts, starting a local chapter, or applying for available volunteer opportunities.
This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.