Posted on August 29, 2016 in Action Alerts
In September, President Obama and the United Nation’s General Assembly will both host summits to address the global refugee crisis.
The first-of-its-kind UN GA summit aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to address the large movements of refugees and migrants. It will provide the opportunity for Heads of State to create a blueprint for a better international response to the crisis.
On September 20th, President Obama is hosting a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis to “galvanize significant new global commitments” to increase funding of humanitarian aid, to admit more refugees through resettlement, and to increase refugees’ self-reliance through opportunities for education and work.
The United States has committed to resettling 100,000 refugees in 2017. Despite being an increase of 25,000 refugees compared to 2016, the allotment of funds approved by Congress remains the same. To ensure that we meet this goal and that the integrity of the refugee resettlement process remains in place, Congress must do its part to guarantee government agencies that work to resettle refugees have adequate funding to meet the commitment.
During this month of global action, it is imperative that members of Congress lead by example to increase refugee resettlement in the United States, and ensure adequate funding for refugee resettlement.
Join us in calling on Congress to increase refugee resettlement in the United States, and increase funding and resources to government agencies that vet refugees to ensure their timely resettlement.