As of last Friday, which marked the end of the federal fiscal year, the Trump administration had not met with Members of Congress to discuss the refugee admissions goal for FY 2019. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means that the administration is in violation of statute.
Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard. U.S. global leadership is at stake, as the future of the resettlement program hangs in the balance. It is critical that members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, who are in charge of consulting with the administration, hear us strongly condemn the 30,000 all-time low refugee admissions goal and the administration’s failure to consult with Congress, and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000 in FY19.