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Last week a US State Department official notified refugee groups worldwide that they could begin bringing refugees into the United States through the usual multi-year process “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place” under previous US legal and budgetary requirements. The decision undercuts the executive order issued in January by US President Donald Trump to suspend immediately all refugee admissions for a period of at least four months and to lower the ceiling on the number of refugees allowed annually from 110,000 to 50,000.
The inflow of people to the United States is broad, but within this general category of people displaced by war, persecution, and similar unsafe and intolerable living conditions, our focus must encompass both refugees and asylum seekers.
Given the population and geographic size of the United States and the resettlement trends for refugees and asylum seekers Americans have vastly different experience levels in opening their communities to these new residents. This reality creates a requirement on state and federal governments, resettlement organizations, and others in the community to share information and educate citizens.
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