Since the founding of this country, refugees fleeing persecution have found freedom and safety in the United States. The U.S. refugee program is a public-private partnership in which communities, schools, religious congregations and employers across the country join together to welcome refugees and help them integrate. In turn, refugees bring their innovative skills, diverse cultures and dedicated work ethic to enriching their new communities.
CWS works with its international programs and domestic offices and affiliates to identify and encourage thoughtful improvements to the refugee program, including robust federal funding, as this program saves lives and offers hope to some of the most vulnerable around the world.
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CWS statements on recent legislation and congressional actions:
- The Refugee Protection Act
- The Domestic Refugee Reform and Modernization Act
- The Strengthening Refugee Resettlement Act
- CWS Statement to the Public Meeting on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, May 1, 2012. We also work closely with fellow members of Refugee Council USA, urging reforms that would improve refugee protection and the refugee resettlement program.