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US Refugee agencies challenge order requiring state consent for resettlement

18:05  21 november  2019
18:05  21 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) helps new populations maximize their potential in the United States by linking them to critical resources that assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

The State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) coordinates admissions and allocations to specific cities and resettlement agencies , in conjunction with nine national voluntary agencies that oversee a network of some 250 affiliates in 49 states plus the District of Columbia

a person standing in front of a store: Shoes are seen on shelves at the Rohingya Cultural Center of Chicago on January 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has one of the largest number of Rohingya refugees that have been resettled in the United States, at more than 1,600.© Allison Joyce/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Shoes are seen on shelves at the Rohingya Cultural Center of Chicago on January 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has one of the largest number of Rohingya refugees that have been resettled in the United States, at more than 1,600.

Three refugee resettlement agencies filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging an executive order that requires states and local governments to consent to receiving refugees, calling the order "unprecedented."

In late September, Trump issued the executive order at issue in Thursday's lawsuit. The order directed states and localities to provide written consent to resettle refugees in their jurisdictions.

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U.S. Refugee Resettlement Agency Map. Post Date February 16, 2017. Comments Comments Closed. Author Refugee Congress. Find out where resettlement agencies are working to support refugees in the United States . Click here to find more information about your local resettlement

However, the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program also resettles a number of extremely vulnerable individuals who may have difficulty navigating U.S. medical and mental The resettlement agencies in turn administer the Preferred Communities program through their local affiliates in 34 states .

Refugee resettlement agencies, which are charged with placing refugees in communities across the country, pushed back on the order, arguing that the order had the potential of limiting the places where refugees could eventually be resettled. Three of those agencies—HIAS, Church World Service, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services—filed Thursday's lawsuit.

"The President's order and resulting agency actions threaten to deprive thousands of refugees of their best chance to successfully build a new life and to burden thousands of U.S. families who are waiting to reunite with their parents, children, and other relatives fleeing persecution," the lawsuit, which seeks to block the order, reads.

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1. Resettlement and regular asylum process in Germany. Most people seeking asylum in Germany enter by crossing land borders. Annually only a very small number of people are admitted directly from the first country of refuge via the resettlement process.

The United States should commit to resettling at least half of the refugees identified by UNHCR as Finally, we urge the State Department to increase resettlement of Colombian refugees , particularly The Lautenberg Amendment requires that USCIS explain the reason for a denial of refugee status

President Donald Trump has slashed refugee admissions during his time in office. Most recently, he set a cap -- the number of refugees who may be admitted to the US -- of 18,000, a new historic low. The ceiling for fiscal year 2019 was 30,000, which, at the time, was the lowest level since 1980.

As a result of the declining admissions under the Trump administration, all nine resettlement agencies have had to close offices or pause their placement programs -- chipping away at a system designed to not only place refugees but also help them integrate into communities across the country.

To that end, Thursday's lawsuit notes that Trump's executive order threatens to "dismantle organizations -- including Plaintiffs -- that have spent decades developing networks, expertise, and resources to carry out the American ideal of welcoming refugees."

The resettlement agencies also argue that refugee admissions have been a boon to cities with declining populations, helping boost local economies.

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Nine State Department-approved "voluntary organizations" or volags are paid by the head to resettle refugees in the U.S. The bulk of their annual revenues come not The U.S. refugee resettlement program involves a number of processes, some overseas and others on the domestic front.

To: state refugee coordinators national voluntary agencies other interested parties. FROM: Lavinia Limon, Director Office of Refugee Resettlement . SUBJECT: Asylee Eligibility for Refugee Resettlement Program Benefits. The purpose of this State Letter is to

Since the release of the executive order, some governors have come out in support of the resettlement program.

In a letter sent to Trump in late October, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert pointed to Utah's history as a haven for Mormons fleeing persecution.

"Our state was founded by religious refugees fleeing persecution in the Eastern United States. Those experiences and hardships of our pioneer ancestors 170 years ago are still fresh in the minds of many Utahns," Herbert said. "As a result we empathize deeply with individuals and groups who have been forced from their homes and we love giving them a new home and a new life."

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, also sent Trump a letter, noting that his state would welcome any refugees rejected by other states. And Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown posted a video response supporting refugees.

Thursday's lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Maryland Southern Division.

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