News Refugee families, supporters and 124 elected official urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions

by Daniel Wright

“We are writing to you today to urge you to make good on your promise of action,” the letter said. “We urge you to do so now and not wait until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30th, as your predecessor did.” Advertisement The letter was sent by the Refugee Council USA, a group that represents refugees and their families and is asking Biden to issue a presidential determination before May 31, when the current budget year ends. Advertisement The U.S. has admitted about 1 million refugees since 1975 from all over the world, including more than 70,000 Syrians since 2011 when civil war broke out there and more than 100,000 Iraqis since 2003 when President George W Bush launched his “war on terror” after the Sept 11 attacks. After four years of record admissions under Trump who had promised to try to reach 10,000 this fiscal year but was blocked by Congress last month from doing so because he was unable to reach agreement with Republican lawmakers over how much money should be spent on resettlement services for refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala whose home countries are struggling with poverty and violence that have driven tens of thousands of people across their borders in recent years seeking safety in America. Advertisement Biden has proposed increasing admission ceilings by 15 percent this fiscal year and next fiscal year but not until 2021 — which would mean only about 7,500 refugees will be admitted during each budget year if he follows through with his proposal as he is expected to do during an April 22 hearing before a House appropriations subcommittee. The subcommittee chairman is Republican Rep Eric Halvorson of Minnesota who co-chairs the subcommittee overseeing refugee resettlement programs for Homeland Security unders including U.S.-based refugee resettlement agency International Institute for Low Income Housing Development (IHILHD). IHILHD represents refugee families seeking housing assistance through its local offices across America including one in San Diego County that serves about 10 percent of California’s refugee population despite representing only 1 percent of its population, according to government statistics released last week that showed nearly 50 percent fewer people seeking housing assistance last month compared with December 2018 — despite federal budget cuts affecting most other social service programs as well as efforts by President Donald Trump administration unders led by Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at DHS to slash funding for all such programs including those providing food stamps or cash assistance for low-income Americans living below poverty levels or receiving other forms of public assistance like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disabled Americans who have low income levels due largely in part due to disability issues caused by mental illness or physical injuries suffered during military service or domestic violence incidents involving a spouse or domestic partner they may be unable or unwilling to leave because they fear losing custody of their children if they do so because they cannot afford it and/or cannot find affordable housing elsewhere where rents are less expensive because they have not yet been able move beyond their own past trauma resulting from experiencing life-threatening circumstances themselves upon arriving here legally fleeing war torn countries seeking safety here legally even though it is illegal under federal law for any American citizen wanting asylum here legally not be able get it without being deported back home where they can face persecution at risk for torture or death if returned home even though many come here illegally using false documents saying they are fleeing persecution at risk for torture or death back home when really it is just economic hardship that makes them want here illegally rather than legal asylum status which would allow them stay here legally without fear deportation back home where many say their lives will be threatened if returned home even though many come here illegally using false documents saying they are fleeing persecution at risk for torture or death back home when really it is just economic hardship that makes them want here illegally rather than legal asylum status which would allow them stay here legally without fear deportation back home where many say their lives will be threatened if returned home even though many come here illegally using false documents saying they are fleeing persecution at risk for torture or death back home when really it is just economic hardship that makes them want here illegally rather than legal asylum status which would allow them stay here legally without fear deportation .

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