Today, 65.6 million people around the world are displaced, including 22.5 million refugees — the highest number in recorded history. Estimates indicate that a person is displaced every 20 minutes, and more than half of all refugees are children under the age of 18. But just when global need is at its greatest, the current administration has reversed our nation’s long history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement.
The United States has set an all-time low refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2018 of 45,000 — turning our back on the values of compassion and welcome we claim to represent. What’s worse, unconstitutional attacks like the Muslim ban and intentional delays in processing mean the US is currently on track to resettle only 20,000 refugees this year, not even half of an already slashed goal. And the Department of Justice has announced it wants to heartlessly eliminate asylum for victims of domestic violence and gang violence.
More than 173 thousand refugees have arrived in the past five years, with over 33 thousand from 48 different countries settling in Florida in the previous year. Florida’s diverse refugee population comes from across the world, including Cuba, Haiti, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Myanmar. More than 81% are from Cuba, and more than 60% of refugees in Florida live in Miami, where they’ve transformed the city economically and culturally.
Refugees have had an amazing impact on the United States. They make up 13% of all entrepreneurs, paying more than $21 billion in taxes in 2015 alone and generating more than $4.6 billion in business income. And yet, despite everything refugees add to this country, and despite the horrific situations and violence they are fleeing, the US Refugee Resettlement Program is currently being gutted. Take action to protect refugees in Florida and across the world.
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