PAWTUCKET – U.S.
Congressman David N. Cicilline, co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and
Communication Committee and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to slash refugee admissions for
2019 to 30,000 people, a record low since the refugee resettlement program
began in 1980.
“The callous decision announced today by
Secretary Pompeo, made outside of the statutory process that governs refugee
admissions, is sadly, entirely in keeping with this Administration’s concerted
efforts to prevent legal immigration into this country. Attempts to
justify this cut based on national security or concern for tackling a backlog
of cases is entirely without merit. Refugees are this country’s most strongly
vetted group of immigrants and have already gone through an extensive screening
process before they are even considered for placement in the United States.
This is a shameful day for our country,” said Cicilline.
this year Cicilline led more than 60 of his House colleagues in a letter to
Secretary Pompeo and DHS Secretary Nielson asking the Administration to
maintain the refugee admission threshold established by President Obama.