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Americans share how welcoming refugees changed their lives.

Stories of Welcome

Refugees and asylum seekers are people with lives we can all recognize. They are mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. They are neighbors, teachers, students, business owners and employees—including the essential workers keeping us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometimes, they are our closest friends.

Despite the overwhelming evidence in favor of welcoming refugees, the Trump Administration has closed the door on them. Read and share these powerful stories to help us spread the word: When we welcome refugees, they change our lives—and our communities—for the better.

The power of welcome

Refugee resettlement is at risk

America’s longstanding, bipartisan support of offering safe haven to those fleeing violence, tyranny and persecution is now under threat.

1%

of the world’s refugees—only those most at risk—have a chance to resettle in the U.S. or another welcoming country.

Most are widows, orphans or victims of rape, torture, religious persecution, political oppression and terror. There are 26 million refugees worldwide.

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18,000

refugees were due to be admitted to the U.S. in fiscal year 2020—the lowest refugee admission ceiling ever.

The Trump Administration will not hit even that historically low goal. Before President Trump took office the average annual goal was 95,000.

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2%

of the 4,000 Iraqis due to be admitted under a special visa in 2020—all because their work with the U.S. military put them in danger—have been resettled.

When it comes to refugees like these Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, the administration is ignoring its own stated priorities and goals.

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