Christian Groups Outraged After Trump Administration Proposes Reducing Refugee Resettlement Ceiling to 18,000

Rohingya refugees gather at a market inside a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, March 7, 2019. Rohingya refugees gather at a market inside a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, March 7, 2019. Credit: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

Christian advocacy and humanitarian groups are expressing outrage over the Trump administration’s recent proposal to reduce the refugee resettlement ceiling to the record low of 18,000.

The White House released a fact sheet on Thursday that laid out the administration’s desire to lower the resettlement cap to 18,000 for fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020), the lowest it has been since the program was created in 1980.

“This proposed ceiling takes into account the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on our border and the massive asylum backlog, which now includes nearly one million individuals,” read the fact sheet in part.

“The overwhelming backlog is completely unsustainable and needs to be addressed before we accept large numbers of refugees.”

The news has garnered opposition from many religious and political groups, including the Christian humanitarian group World Relief.

“We are heartbroken by the devastating ripple effect this drastic reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will cause around the world,” stated World Relief CEO Tim Breene on Thursday.

“If America continues to systematically shutter the program designed to welcome and offer safe haven to human beings made in the image of God, we fear that other countries will continue to follow our example, doing less at a time when the number of refugees in need of protection globally is increasing.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski