CRCNA Office of Social Justice Statement on Proposed U.S. Refugee Admittance Numbers for Fiscal Year 2020

On September 26, the Trump Administration announced its proposal to set the refugee admittance cap at 18,000 for Fiscal Year 2020 - a historic low. By law, the official determination cannot be made until after the president consults with certain members of congress, which may not take place until mid-to late-October because of a congressional recess. Because the current fiscal year ends on September 30, the refugee resettlement program will be shut down in the meantime, which has resulted in cancelled flights and prolonged family separation for many refugees already cleared for resettlement.

This announcement follows a recent trend of rapidly reducing refugee admissions to the United States. With the historical average capped at 95,000 refugees admitted per year and the number up to 110,000 in 2017, it was dropped to 45,000 in 2018 and 30,000 in 2019. Additionally, the president announced an executive order that would allow states and cities to bar refugees from resettling in their communities.

As a denomination long-committed to welcoming refugees in the U.S., we find this proposal to be very troubling and have issued a statement and call to action in response.

Click here to read the full statement on the OSJ website.