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JRS Reacts to Trump Administration Budget Proposal
May 24, 2017

JRS Reacts to Trump Administration Budget Proposal
"Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity." - Pope Francis

(Washington, D.C.) May 24, 2017 - Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) calls on Congress to support current funding levels and oppose any cuts to the FY2018 international affairs budget. The unconscionable cuts in the Trump Administration’s proposed budget would have an immediate and harmful impact on the lives of families and children who rely on aid from the United States as they struggle to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient again. The FY2018 budget request released yesterday by the Trump Administration includes drastic cuts in foreign assistance programs, including the complete elimination of Development Assistance and Food Aid programs and significant reductions in other programs, including support for international organizations.

As an organization working to meet the educational, health, psycho-social, and emergency needs of nearly 750,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in more than 45 countries worldwide, JRS/USA is witness to the impact these programs have on individuals. Our practitioners on the ground have seen that these funds ensure displaced families have enough to eat, communities have access to safe shelter, and children who have been out of school due to conflict or crisis receive the education they deserve.  As Pope Francis has said, “migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity,” and we must not remain silent about their needs.

These proposed funding cuts could also perpetuate further a cycle of poverty, political and social instability, and the continued degradation of communities.

U.S. foreign assistance programs not only save lives but demonstrate the best work of the United States. These programs have received long-standing bipartisan support and demonstrate true U.S. ideals of providing hope and opportunity for those who seek it.

“Having served the U.S. as a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service for over 30 years, I have seen first-hand the impact of U.S.-funded programs on the lives of individuals and families fleeing violence and seeking safety and security. The U.S. must continue to demonstrate leadership by standing up for the millions of people searching for a hopeful future,” said David Robinson, Executive Director, JRS/USA.


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