(Washington, D.C.) March 16, 2016 — This week marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, which has resulted in more than 250,000 casualties, some 4.6 million people displaced within Syria and an additional 4.8 million who have fled the country.
While the global community struggles with how to address the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Congress is scheduled to debate a bill which would impose harmful restrictions on U.S. policy as it relates to refugees, including those from Syria.
The House Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to mark-up a bill TODAY, March 16, inappropriately titled the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R.4731), which would severely restrict refugee resettlement in the United States.
The bill would:
• Drastically reduce and cap the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.
• Place refugees under continual surveillance after they have arrived
• Create new procedures that would significantly delay resettlement for many refugees whose lives are in danger
• Allow state and local governments who “disapprove” of refugees to veto resettlement in their localities
This harmful bill runs counter to the humanitarian leadership of the United States and the mission of JRS/USA, which is to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
Please do your part to ensure that the U.S. continues to demonstrate leadership and welcome those who are most in need.