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On World Refugee Day, Urge the President to Stand with Syrians

Washington, DC, 29 May 2018 – It has been more than 7 years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria and more than 11 million Syrians have been displaced. Despite a desperate need for peace, the situation in Syria remains dramatically unstable, forcing Syrians to flee their homes amidst unrelenting suffering. 

Yet, the US Government’s response is in retreat. Fewer than 50 Syrians have been admitted into the United States to seek protection through resettlement since October. By comparison, in 2016, the United States admitted 15,479 Syrians. And, though there continues to be bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for robust humanitarian assistance for Syrians caught in or displaced by the conflict, the Administration’s budget request proposes significant cuts to the International Affairs Budget, including a 43% cut to development assistance, a 23% cut to global health programs, and a 19% cut to humanitarian assistance. 

Jesuit Refugee Service has been serving displaced Syrians since the beginning of the conflict. We have provided shelter and aid in Syria; education for displaced Syrian children in Lebanon, accompaniment for Syrian families dealing with their trauma in Jordan; public awareness campaigns to help integrate Syrians in France; and legal assistance to Syrian refugees in Croatia. JRS knows, first hand, the impact that this devastating conflict is having on innocent lives. 

For this World Refugee Day, June 20, 2018, JRS/USA is asking you, our friends and supporters, to join us in calling on the President to stand with and support our Syrian brothers and sisters. When President Trump decided to retaliate against the suspected use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, he said “this is about humanity.” Help us remind him and the Administration that we continue to have a responsibility to take humanitarian action during this crisis. 

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