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Foster Announces Support for Legislation to Reverse Refugee Restrictions

Sep 28, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced his support for legislative measures to bolster the U.S. refugee program and ensure that the United States retains its reputation as a safe haven for individuals around the world. This month, the Trump administration announced a proposal to limit refugee admission to 30,000 people for fiscal year 2019.

“The United States has always stood as a beacon of hope for people who flee oppression and violence, and I condemn President Trump’s rejection of refugees,” Congressman Foster said. “The President’s anti-refugee policies stand in stark contrast to America’s history as a global leader on refugee resettlement, and they represent a degradation of our nation’s values. As the world faces an overwhelming refugee crisis, America’s commitment to liberty and human rights must remain steadfast.”

Congressman Foster supports a number of legislative measures to counter President Trump’s destructive policy, including the Lady Liberty Act that would require the President to set a goal of admitting no less than 110,000 refugees annually. Under the administration’s recent action, refugee resettlements would be capped at 30,000 refugees in fiscal year 2019, down from 45,000 this year. Since 1980, the U.S. has resettled more than 3 million refugees and set an average annual goal of 95,000 refugee admissions. The previous low was under President Reagan in 1986, when only 67,000 refugees were admitted. There are currently 25 million refugees around the world. Text of the bill is available here.

Foster also supports a resolution that calls on the Trump administration to set the number of refugees admitted to the United States at no less than 110,000 for fiscal year 2019.

Congressman Foster also joined a letter link to President Trump condemning his administration’s efforts to dismantle the U.S. refugee program.