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Press Release: Nearly 200 Elected Officials Urge President Trump to Resettle Refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     

August 29, 2017


Henrike Dessaules, IRAP,, 646.459.3081

Miji Bell, LIRS, mbell@lirs.org410.230.2841


(New York, NY) – Nearly 200 local and state elected officials from 31 states expressed their support for refugee resettlement in a letter to President Trump. The letter, circulated by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), urges the President to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2018.

Every year, the President determines the number of refugees who should be resettled in the upcoming Fiscal Year, signaling the United States’ commitment to protecting those fleeing violence and persecution. By signing this letter of support, the elected leaders amplify the voices of their communities that welcome and value refugees.

As the world experiences the largest refugee crisis since World War II, resettling at least 75,000 refugees brings relief to the most vulnerable refugee families and individuals, and emphasizes the United States’ commitment to our humanitarian values.

Additional signatures are still welcome. If you are an elected official and wish to demonstrate your support for refugees and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, please email

To view the letter and signatories, click here: 

To view the press release, click here: Nearly-200-Elected-Officials-Urge-President-Trump-to-Resettle-Refugees-August-29-2017

International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center