World Refugee Day, which occurs every year on June 20, is a time to celebrate the resilience, courage, and strength of refugees worldwide while also urging our elected officials to welcome refugees. This World Refugee Day, ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the GRACE Act: The Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement Act, S.1088 & H.R.2146.
This bill would ensure that the U.S. maintains its historic commitment to resettling refugees by requiring that the President set the number of refugees the U.S. will resettle in a given fiscal year at a floor of 95,000. The average number of refugees that U.S. presidents have authorized to be resettled in a fiscal year between 1980 and 2017 has been 95,000. Over the past few years, this number has dropped dramatically, such that this year, the President authorized only 30,000 refugees to come to the U.S. In an effort to maintain U.S. leadership and to ensure the U.S. remains equipped to respond to global crises through refugee resettlement, the bill would also mandate quarterly reports on refugee admissions, increasing transparency, accountability, and oversight.
“When we welcome the stranger, we welcome the Lord God himself. We welcome Jesus,” commented Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry in his 2019 World Refugee Day Message. “On World Refugee Day, pray, learn about refugees, learn about what you can do, and do whatever you can to help the strangers in our midst.”
View the entire World Refugee Day message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry by clicking this link.
Make a contribution to Episcopal Migration Ministries at http://www.episcopalmigrationministries.org/give and support the ministry of welcome to our newest neighbors.