The Refugee Act of 1980, which created the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program, has welcomed 3.2 million refugees since its passage into law. These refugees, who have been assimilated into the United States through a vigilant process, have escaped from religious persecution, war, political distress, discrimination and other crisis filled situations.
The act vowed to show the United States’ commitment to offer a safe environment for people who are searching not only for a better life, but also for people who are searching to save their life.
At the start of the year, the Trump administration set the cap of refugees able to enter the United States to 45,000; the administration is expected to only fulfill accepting 20,000 refugees when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
This is the lowest number of refugees granted asylum into the United States since the enactment in 1980.
In the fiscal year of 2016, the United States welcomed 84,995 refugees from around the world. The drastic cut in refugees is erasing our initial vow to offer a safe outlet and host these refugees who are in imminent danger. President Donald Trump has referred to refugees on multiple occasions as a threat to the United States serving no purpose to our society. In reality, refugees go through an intense processing and screening process before they are granted permission to enter the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of State website, refugees are screened more carefully than any other type of traveler coming to the United States.
President Trump praises himself for lowering unemployment to record lows, but this does not matter if millions of jobs that need to be filled are left vacant.
In a press release in June, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, “Never before have we had an economy where the number of open jobs exceeds the number of job seekers.”
If the number of jobs exceeds the number of job seekers then we should start accepting more refugees to fill those jobs. Our economy is suffering because of President Trump’s stubbornness and reluctance to host more refugees in the United States.
We are coined to be a melting pot country, but we are slowly losing that attribute due to the negative connotation President Trump has associated with refugees.
Continuing to pursue the true purpose of the Refugee Act of 1980 will encourage the boost of our economy and overall diversity in the United States.