For decades, the USA was the leader in refugee protection with strong public support. Under the Trump administration, however, the program was almost completely closed. Thousands of refugees who were expecting to come to the USA, many to reunite with family members, were left overseas in dangerous situations.
On February 4th, President Biden signed an order to rebuild the refugee resettlement program. The new administration is committing to increase refugee admissions to 125,000 next fiscal year; improving the quality, security and transparency of the program; increasing access to the most vulnerable populations; and conducting a review of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqis and Syrians.
The President will also consult with Congress to increase refugee admissions for the current year, however this will not immediately impact arrivals.
As an organization, USAHello commends the important steps being taken to restore humanitarian protection systems. In the months and years ahead, we look forward to playing our role in supporting newcomers and the organizations and volunteers around the country who welcome them.