The USCCB has announced a positive reaction to the news that the refugee cap will increase to 125,000 for the next fiscal year.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Monday announced its positive reaction to news that the refugee cap will rise to 125,000 for the next fiscal year.
“The past few years have had a devastating impact on the resettlement of refugees, as we witness the biggest forced migration crises in decades,” said an Oct. 11 statement from Bishop Mario Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and Chairman of the USCCB Migration Committee.
“We commend the administration for seeking to reaffirm US leadership in this area, and we look forward to continued action in support of this goal. We also urge Congress to provide the necessary resources not only to rebuild the refugee admissions program, but also to maintain it for the next four decades and beyond, ”added Bishop Dorsonville.
On October 8, the Biden administration released a presidential decision for fiscal year 2022, raising the refugee ceiling to 125,000. This figure is the highest since 1993. Bishop Dorsonville had previously advocated this figure. The new cap means that up to 125,000 refugees can be admitted to the United States through the United States Refugee Admission Program, although that figure may not be met.
“Whether they were fleeing war, natural disasters or persecution, the positive contributions of refugees to our society have been well documented,” said Bishop Dorsonville. “First of all, however, we recognize them as vulnerable members of the same human family to which we ourselves belong.”
The bishop declared that Catholics in particular are called “in a special way” to “this ministry of welcome and encounter, through which we express the fullness of the universality of the Church”.
“The Bishops of the United States promise our continued commitment to this work, and we commend the many dedicated Catholic organizations, communities and individuals to what Pope Francis has called the ‘new’ frontier ‘for mission, a privileged opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message at home, and to give concrete witness to the Christian faith in a spirit of charity, ”he said.
Previously, President Joe Biden had set the refugee cap at 62,500 for the 2021 fiscal year. In April 2021, refugee advocates complained that despite promises to increase the number of refugees, the process had been “Effectively stopped”.
According to the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit organization that helps refugees, only 2,050 refugees had been admitted to the United States by the end of April 2021.
In February 2021, Biden pledged to raise the refugee cap to 62,500, nearly four times the current cap of 15,000. He didn’t make a presidential decision on that figure, however, until early this month. May, much to the frustration of resettlement organizations. A total of 11,411 refugees were admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2021.