For more than a decade, Archbishop Gomez has been a voice of compassion and reason on moral and spiritual issues in American public life and culture. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is a national voluntary agency that contracts with the federal government to resettle refugees from all over the world in welcoming communities throughout the United Statesâ¦ These agencies, as I underlined a couple of years ago, are mostly funded by the U.S. government, i.e. She is "the second refugee and first non-Lutheran in its 80-year history" to lead the organization. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has served refugees and immigrants and defended the rights of refugees, asylum â¦ 84 "Mr. Tim Breene", Gordon College website, undated. Compensation: Lavinia Limon, president and CEO: Compensation: Eskinder Negash, executive senior VP: reportable Compensation from the organization: $234,252; estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations: $14,900; Total operating revenues, gains and other support: $92,399,362, Government contracts and grants revenue: $48,482,684 (. 80 "California bishop elected first Latino head of U.S. bishop's conference â EWTN News Nightly", Youtube, November 12, 2019, updated January 23, 2020. It sends the wrong message to turn our backs on refugees who could enrich, strengthen, and revitalize our cities and towns. On February 7, 2017, HIAS and the International Refugee Assistance Project, with legal representation from the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Trump's executive order on "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" that ordered a review of the U.S. We led campaigns to promote the rights of refugees of WWII, Congolese in 1962, Vietnamese in 1975, the âLost Boys" of Sudan in 1990, and Kosovar Albanians in 1992. Resettlement Agencies Decide Where Refugees Are Initially Placed in the United States. 2. On September 26, 2019, following President Trump's proposed FY 2020 refugee ceiling of 18,000, EMM released a statement on the "White House Decision to Reduce the U.S. Before Trump signed the executive order, state and local officials were given a voice but not a veto in deciding where refugees would be resettled, resettlement agency lawyers argue. All have been very critical of the Trump administration's migration and refugee policies, many even going as far as suing the Trump administration and lobbying against many of its rulings. ... Communities wholeheartedly value the opportunity to welcome refugees. 12 Mark Krikorian, "Refugeees and Local Control", National Review, January 13, 2020. 1 "Anne Toulouse", Stock Editions website. (Emphasis added. A woman and children walk through Khazir refugee camp on April 15, 2017 near Mosul, Iraq. (Emphasis added.)57. The Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, passed on May 23, 1975, under President Gerald Ford, was a response to the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.Under this act, approximately 130,000 refugees from South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were allowed to enter the United States â¦ The historic average for annual refugee admissions has been 95,000. 31 "Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)", website homepage. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) | 3,771 followers on LinkedIn. Vigneron has been vocal against some of the Trump administration immigration policies. "It's even worse than a veto," Hetfield said. Refugee Admissions Program. In January 2017 it called on its supporters to: "Oppose President's Trump's ban on refugees" because "[t]hese changes fly in the face of our country's best values of freedom, fairness and compassion. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration held a hearing on U.S. policy toward refugees from Hong Kong. ]76, Negash said: "Judge Messitte's decision is the right one. The Minneapolis population is around 425,000, of whom 18 percent (or 80,000) are Black or African-American.5 The Somali community in Minneapolis is estimated at 74,000 or more.6. 1. We also began the campaign to end warehousing of refugees in 2004. 58 "IRC Responds to Fourth Circuit Ruling on Travel Ban", International Rescue Committee press release, May 25, 2017. French journalist Anne Toulouse, commenting in the current events in the US: "Most Blacks are Somalis in #Minneapolis, one can wonder why they chose the coldest place in the US" cc. For instance, the Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, has refused to give written consent for refugees to be resettled in the city."16. Various officials from the U.S. Committee for Refugees talked about the 43rd annual World Refugee Survey. Trump's order says the agencies were not working closely enough with local officials on resettling refugees and his administration acted to respect communities that believe they do not have the jobs or other resources to be able to take in refugees. Toulouse said (my translation):1, What is sad is that this violence is turning against the community they [rioters] pretend to be defending, but also against other communities â for instance in Baltimore the stores of Koreans were destroyed â so it's a type of self-destruction. President Trump, alarmed by what he viewed as a border crisis with increasing numbers of illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States, called for emergency funds toward the border wall. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by the United Nations High â¦ ]58, In 2019, Miliband issued a "scathing critique of the Trump administration's handling of border issues". The organization is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. In June 2018, the Detroit archbishop joined "Catholic leaders in condemning family separation at the border" and "echoed statements from other Catholic leaders that separating children from families is highly immoral because of the damage it causes to young children." Again, Toulouse's query was well founded. Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of â¦ Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO at the time said: "As the world has its eyes on us, it is imperative that President Trump uphold the values that America has always lived by: compassion, empathy, family, human rights, and protection for those seeking a safe haven from danger and persecution." 82 "Detroit Archbishop joins Catholic leaders in condemning family separation at the border", Michigan Radio, June 19, 2018. "74 Negash said: It is in the best interests of our country to restore historic levels of immigration to fuel our economy, enrich our way of life and adhere to the values and principles that have made America a global leader. On January 8, 2020, Vignarajah wrote an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun titled: "The courts should declare Trump's refugee order unconstitutional". We also strongly condemn the decision to allow states and localities to reject refugees. This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.77. They criticized the international community for "warehousing" approximately â¦ Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and halted the issuance of visas from many countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) citing national security concerns.48 The temporary "travel ban" was denounced by many as being nothing short of a "Muslim ban". He added: "By no standards of national or international precedent would you describe it as a crisis, even in the communities affected in the southern US." 39 "Statement of the Episcopal Church on Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Decision to Reject Refugee Resettlement", Episcopal Church website, January 11, 2010. He was also very vocal against President Trump's plan to set FY 2020 refugee admissions at 18,000: With one final blow, the Trump administration has snuffed out Lady Liberty's torch and ended our nation's legacy of compassion and welcome. 13 "Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement", The White House, September 26, 2019. [Emphasis added.]17. 52 "LIR, CWS, and HIAS File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Executive Order Allowing States and Localities to Block Refugee Resettlement", Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service website, November 20, 2019. 50 "HIAS President Mark Hetfield on MSNBC: Refugee Ban is 'Vile'", YouTube channel, January 30, 2017. For more information about the agency, please see their web site. [Emphasis added.]67. WASHINGTON â Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 22 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in â¦ He has worked in Rome and Haiti, as an immigration attorney, as an officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. â¦ Ending this program without a replacement action threatens the future of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children. )32, Stevenson, who served as the director of Episcopal Migration Ministries since May 2016, was named in August 2018 as canon to the presiding bishop for ministry within the Episcopal Church. Government grants (contributions): $72,239,249 (. 30 "CWS Condemns Administration's Plan to Deny All Asylum Seekers", Church World Service website, March 18, 2020. Following reports stating that President Trump was about to announce new border controls because of the coronavirus,29 McCullough issued the following statement in response to what he called "reports that the administration seeks to violate U.S. and international law by turning back all asylum seekers at the southern border" (emphasis added): The administration's decision is wrong and immoral and will endanger more lives. Financial data from their website for the year ended December 31, 2018: Reports of financial mismanagement, fraud, and harassment led to the departure of Linda Hartke and calls for an external investigation. The committee first heard from Senators Bob â¦ ", "Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)", "Source: Claims of Financial Mismanagement, Fraud, and Harassment at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Spark External Investigation", "Statement - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Condemns the Trump Administration's Actions Against Refugees and Migrants", "LIRS Appoints Krish O'Mara Vignahrajah as President and CEO: Choice Represents a New Generation of Leadership", "The courts should declare Trump's refugee order unconstitutional", "LIRS, CWS, and HIAS File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Executive Order Allowing States and Localities to Block Refugee Resettlement", "U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)", "Statement of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) on the Executive Order Requiring State Consent for Refugee Resettlement"", "United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)", "Financial Reporting: 2017 and 2018 Statements", "U.S. Catholic Bishops Elect Hispanic Immigrant as Leader", "California bishop elected first Latino head of U.S. bishop's conference â EWTN News Nightly", "Detroit Archbishop joins Catholic leaders in condemning family separation at the border", "World Relief Responds to Reported Trump Plan to Enact a 'Virtual Shutdown' of Refugee Admissions", Andrew Arthur Discusses the Effects of Immigration Policy, Andrew Arthur Discusses Sen. Harris' Immigration Proposals, Mark Krikorian on C-SPAN Discusses E-Verify, The Nationâs Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration, How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform, Senate Action on Big Tech Green Card Bill S.386/H.R.1044, Map: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States, Wave of 'Extra-Continental' Migrants Predicted in Biden's First Year, No, Not All Hong Kongers Should Be Granted Entry to the United States, Barely a Year after Global Compacts, UN Is Already Trying to Limit National Sovereignty over Migration, A Look at the FY 2021 Report to Congress on Refugees. Teferra said, "We recognize the strength, resilience and contributions of immigrants to the United States, and we count among these contributors the nearly 800,000 individuals who have accessed DACA since the inception of the program. Begin text: Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee â¦ "39, A native of Ethiopia, he came to the United States in 1972. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) Department of State The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. The number of refugees from the Americas in need of resettlement is expected to rise 489 percent in 2021. Nayla Rush is a senior researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies. But that's not the point of this report. Here's why: While migration is mostly conditioned by job opportunities and networking â the meat industry in Minneapolis, for example, employs unskilled migrants and refugees, including Somalis â refugee placement is in fact orchestrated by a number of resettlement agencies and not by refugees themselves. â¦The U.S., a nation built by immigrants, owes much to our immigrant past and present. She denounced President Trump's executive order enhancing state and local involvement in refugee resettlement, from her position as "the leader of one of the country's largest faith-based nonprofits, which works with religious communities in every state â and as someone who, as a nine-month-old, fled violence and persecution in Sri Lanka with my parents and brother to find refuge in a welcoming America". In 2017, "Rev. )43, In 2019, ECDC called the decision of the Trump administration to set the FY 2020 refugee admissions ceiling at 18,000 "a clear abandonment of the world's most vulnerable people", while Teferra defined resettlement as "a life-saving program that contributes toward making the United States a powerful nation. Before starting ECDC, Mr. Teferra worked at Georgetown University and Howard University as a researcher in linguistics and African studies.41, Teferra was designated by the Obama administration as one of many "Champions of Change", "people doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities".42. 2. Pursuant to Section 207(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the President proposes resettling up to 15,000 refugees under the FY 2021 refugee â¦ [Emphasis added. [Emphasis added.]61. Founded in 1958, the United States Committee for Refugees aims "to address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting â¦ 63 "2018 Annual Report", Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service financial information. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. Messitte granted a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of the order. However, and as explained in a Star Tribune post last January, "a governor's decision doesn't preclude local officials from refusing to give their consent. [Emphasis added.]75. [Emphasis added. We will not allow this Administration to further endanger children and families by exploiting fears and stoking nationalism. In FY 2020, the United States admitted over 11,000 refugees for resettlement (under a ceiling of 18,000) and granted asylum to approximately 31,000 individuals. In principle, the federal government (and the resettlement agencies it works with) needs to consult with states and localities about welcoming refugees into their communities, but reality is quite different, as my colleague Mark Krikorian explained: The 1980 Refugee Act, that established the taxpayer-funded resettlement system, required both that states be consulted and that Washington reimburse them for the costs imposed on them by the arrival of refugees (who are eligible, and make extensive use of, welfare from the day they arrive). 76 "Statement of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) on the Executive Order Requiring State Consent for Refugee Resettlement"", U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants website, January 15, 2020. 38 "Episcopal Church Statement on the White House Decision to Reduce the U.S. 61 David Miliband, "The Legality of Trump's Assault on Refugees Is Only Half the Question. His commitment to helping refugees adjust to their new homeland in the United States spans close to two decades. ?allowing>, We urge Congress, and all people of goodwill, to make their voices heard in opposition to this decision." The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a UN agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary â¦ Thus, as a general matter, refugees are not resettled in states that do not have any local affiliates or in parts of states that do not have local affiliates within an allowable distance. The vice-president is Archbishop of Detroit Allen Henry Vigneron (elected to this post on November 12, 2019). Visit our website â¦ Of course, they can always move to another location later on (at their own expense), but their initial placement is, in reality, imposed on them. 32 Mary Frances Schjonberg, "Trump's immigration policies force reduction of Episcopal Church's refugee resettlement network", Episcopal News Service, April 4, 2017. Her words, deemed controversial by some, were criticized on social media (see here3 and here4). A source familiar with the operations of the refugee resettlement industry told Breitbart that issues related to LIRS "are widespread but are rooted in the main areas of financial mismanagement and the incompetence of leadership." On October 15, 2019, McCullough was "one of 18 leaders arrested â¦ on the Capitol steps while protesting the destruction of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. In its latest financial statement (year ended December 31, 2018), it reported : The current President of USCCB is JosÃ© Horacio GÃ³mez, the archbishop of Los Angeles. The courts have been key to preventing the enforcement of President Trump's hasty and harmful executive order. 64 Michael Patrick Leahy, "Source: Claims of Financial Mismanagement, Fraud, and Harassment at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Spark External Investigation", Breitbart, November 11, 2017. 49 Rachel Nusbaum, "HIAS v. Trump â Why We're Suing", HIAS blog, February 7, 2017. John L. McCullough to Step Down as President and CEO of CWS", Church World Service website, May 29, 2020. 83 "World Relief (WR)", website homepage. Several non-profit resettlement agencies participate in the R&P Program under a cooperative agreement with the Department of State. According to the U.S. "51, HIAS is also one of the three resettlement agencies that filed a lawsuit in 2019 challenging the "Trump administration executive order allowing state and local officials to block refugee resettlement. 65 "Statement - Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Condemns the Trump Administration's Actions Against Refugees and Migrants", Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service website, January 25, 2017. United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants records, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota https://archives.lib.umn.edu/repositories/6/resources/7084 Accessed December 19, 2020. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1977 and earned a doctorate in social linguistics. The National Refugee Service (NRS) was a refugee aid organization founded in New York City on 15 May 1939 to assist refugees from Europe fleeing Nazi persecution. 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