Restoring the United States’ Refugee Resettlement Program

Tower Center Fellow Dr. Idean Salehan, along with Larry Yungk, Adjunct Fellow at the Niskanen Center, wrote about how The Trump administration has enacted sweeping restrictions on immigration to the United States, and refugee resettlement is no exception. Restoring the nation’s position as a leader in refugee resettlement is consistent with our values as a land of freedom and opportunity; provides an essential tool of foreign policy; and offers numerous benefits to local communities. With steep cuts to resettlement slots over the last several years, the damage done to refugees and service providers will likely have lasting effects for years to come and has tarnished the global reputation of the United States. That is why it is imperative to quickly restore the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to its former standing, while also improving its efficiency and ensuring its longterm viability. Read more here.