(Emphasis added.)57. Accusing President Trump of pursuing his "anti-immigrant agenda", McCullough stated: "We know that President Trump forced Secretary Nielsen to resign to find someone willing to enforce even more cruelty at the border."24. Here's McCullough's statement on that issue: This executive order is a thinly veiled attempt to play political games with the lives of the most vulnerable. [Emphasis added. President Trump, alarmed by what he viewed as a border crisis with increasing numbers of illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States, called for emergency funds toward the border wall. Even state and local governments don't have a real say in this matter. It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. 56 "About David Miliband", International Rescue Committee website, undated. The National Refugee Service (NRS) was a refugee aid organization founded in New York City on 15 May 1939 to assist refugees from Europe fleeing Nazi persecution. We fought to end that discrimination and humiliation. â¦Our history and our values, as Jews and as Americans, require us to fight this illegal and immoral new policy with every tool at our disposal â including litigation. The HIAS president and CEO explained why they were suing the Trump administration: We cannot remain silent as Muslim refugees are turned away just for being Muslim, just as we could not stand idly by when the U.S. turned away Jewish refugees fleeing Germany during the 1930s and 40s. The darkness of this day will extend for years, if not decades, to come. The historic average for annual refugee admissions has been 95,000. [Emphasis added. ]30, Churches do not have to file 990 forms; there were none filed for this resettlement agency and no financial data is available on its website.31, According to an Episcopal News Service 2017 blog post, "EMM receives very little money from the church-wide budget, instead receiving 99.5 percent of its funding from the federal government. Two organizations, German Jewish Childrenâs Aid and the US Committee for the Care of European Children, coordinated the largest efforts to bring children to the United States. "54, Born in London, Miliband is the "eldest son of immigrant parents, Belgian-born Marxist sociologist Ralph Miliband and Polish-born Marion Kozak, both from Polish Jewish families. The Committee on Population (CPOP) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a 2-day public meeting. But that's not the point of this report. This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.77. In general terms, when we're not dealing with family reunification, refugees cannot pick and choose the state/city they are to call home (let alone their country of resettlement). The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration held a hearing on U.S. policy toward refugees from Hong Kong. 57 "Oppose President Trump's ban on refugees", International Rescue Committee website, January 26, 2017 (Last updated February 3, 2017). They criticized the international community for "warehousing" approximately â¦ 27 "LIRS, CWS and HIAS File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Executive Order Allowing States and Localities to Block Refugee Resettlement", Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, November 20, 2019. (Emphasis added. John L. McCullough, "Trump Wants More Cruelty at the Border", Sojourners, April 15, 2019. Visit our website â¦ An expert in the field of refugee protection, Hetfield has experience at many levels of HIAS, where he has worked on and off since graduating from Georgetown University [in 1988]. â¦ USCRI believes that not only should this consent requirement be lifted, but that the refugee admissions ceiling should be restored to 95,000 refugees annually. In an appearance on French television at the end of May, French-American journalist and author Anne Toulouse reacted to the violent protests that followed the death of George Floyd in the United States. Imagine being part of a welcoming community â where both the local economy and its cultural heritage are bolstered by the presence of refugees â only to have the door slammed shut by xenophobic and bureaucratic confusion. Yearly compensations for the heads of these organizations range from a low of $151,666 to a high of $911,796. Its international programs focus on defending the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. [Greg] Abbott's decision to reject refugee resettlement in 2020. 23 "President and CEO", Church World Service website, undated. 64 Michael Patrick Leahy, "Source: Claims of Financial Mismanagement, Fraud, and Harassment at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Spark External Investigation", Breitbart, November 11, 2017. In a 2019 public statement announcing the lawsuit filed by LIRS, CWS, and HIAS against President Trump's executive order, Vignarajah stated the following: Imagine coming to this country after years of violence, persecution and desperation, only to be told you cannot join your family because the state or city must clear new political hurdles in order to welcome you. In September 2017, ECDC responded to the Trump administration rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called on Congress to find a permanent solution. Nine religious or community-based organizations, called resettlement agencies, have contracts with the Department of State to resettle refugees inside the United States.9 These agencies (formerly known as "volags") maintain nationwide networks of local affiliates to provide services to refugees, including reception on arrival in the United States, placement, support with housing, community orientation, help accessing health services, enrollment in various benefits and welfare programs, employment, etc. 32 Mary Frances Schjonberg, "Trump's immigration policies force reduction of Episcopal Church's refugee resettlement network", Episcopal News Service, April 4, 2017. His commitment to helping refugees adjust to their new homeland in the United States spans close to two decades. [Emphasis added.]28. ", It was not that long ago that Jews and African-Americans were banned from living in certain neighborhoods and towns. This campaign influenced the U.N. 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Harris' Immigration Proposals, Mark Krikorian on C-SPAN Discusses E-Verify, The Nationâs Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration, How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform, Senate Action on Big Tech Green Card Bill S.386/H.R.1044, Map: Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States, Wave of 'Extra-Continental' Migrants Predicted in Biden's First Year, No, Not All Hong Kongers Should Be Granted Entry to the United States, Barely a Year after Global Compacts, UN Is Already Trying to Limit National Sovereignty over Migration, A Look at the FY 2021 Report to Congress on Refugees. 62 "Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)", website homepage. 70 "2018 Annual Report", U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants website. John L. McCullough, president and CEO: reportable compensation from the organization: $272,131; estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations: $81,095; Total support, revenues, gains and other income: $ 66,496,191, Government grants (contributions): $12,273,728 (. According to LIRS, this choice "represents a new generation of leadership". Excerpts below: The Episcopal Church condemns the administration's decision to reduce the number of refugees and further dismantle the refugee resettlement program. On May 29, 2020, CWS20 announced that McCullough "will be stepping down from his post as President and CEO in June 2021. 73 "USCRI's Eskinder Negash speaks to NPR Milwaukee", U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants website, May 2016. On April 21, 2010, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) issued a statement in which it "strongly opposes the Administration's pending announcement that it plans to suspend all immigration into the United States â¦ No data on his or Gomez's financial compensation is available. 26 "Refugees Banned; Trump Puts Out Lady Liberty's Torch", Church World Service, September 26, 2019. [Emphasis added. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. Process of Becoming a Resettled Refugee in the United States. )65, Vignarajah has served as LIRS president and CEO since February 13, 2019. Through this process, they determine which resettlement agency will sponsor and where each refugee will be initially resettled in the United States. No data is available regarding the financial compensation of Stevenson or Alvero. Teferra said, "We recognize the strength, resilience and contributions of immigrants to the United States, and we count among these contributors the nearly 800,000 individuals who have accessed DACA since the inception of the program. Center for Immigration Studies Twitter Account, Center for Immigration Studies Facebook Page, Center for Immigration Studies Linkedin Account, Center for Immigration Studies Youtube Channel, According to an Episcopal News Service 2017 blog post, "EMM receives very little money from the church-wide budget, instead receiving, "Nearly 74,000 speak at least some Somali in Minnesota", "Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2020", "Reception and Placement of Refugees in the United States", "Executive Order on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement", "Judge Blocks Trump's Executive Order Allowing Local Officials to Reject Refugees", "LIRS, CWS and HIAS File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Executive Order Allowing States and Localities to Block Refugee Resettlement", "Judge weighs bid to stop Trump's refugee resettlement limit", "'Private' Refugee Resettlement Agencies Mostly Funded by the Government", "Rev. My earlier calculations of the share of these agencies' budgets coming from government funding and the salary of their directors/presidents/CEOs needed updating. tweet, May 31, 2020. Demetrio Alvero, Stevenson's deputy director, was named interim director of EMM. Stevenson [Mark Stevenson, EMM's director at the time] has said that 90 percent of the contract money directly goes to resettling refugees. 7 "Admissions and Arrivals", Refugee Processing Center, accessed June 10, 2020. Various officials from the U.S. Committee for Refugees talked about the 43rd annual World Refugee Survey. 39 "Statement of the Episcopal Church on Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Decision to Reject Refugee Resettlement", Episcopal Church website, January 11, 2010. 48 "Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States", The White House, January 27, 2017. In a January 20, 2020, op-ed titled "The Legality of Trump's Assault on Refugees", Miliband wrote: Refugee resettlement has traditionally been a bipartisan issue. 37 "Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries responds to judges' actions to block Trump's travel ban", Episcopal News Service, March 16, 2017. 36 Anna M. Alejo, "Central American refugees in Costa Rica", FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations, May 1990. [Emphasis added.]75. French journalist Anne Toulouse, commenting in the current events in the US: "Most Blacks are Somalis in #Minneapolis, one can wonder why they chose the coldest place in the US" cc. Here's why: While migration is mostly conditioned by job opportunities and networking â the meat industry in Minneapolis, for example, employs unskilled migrants and refugees, including Somalis â refugee placement is in fact orchestrated by a number of resettlement agencies and not by refugees themselves. World Relief Corporation (WR; religious). He has worked in Rome and Haiti, as an immigration attorney, as an officer with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. 2. Resettlement agency representatives determine where refugees are resettled in the United States: Representatives from the resettlement agencies meet frequently to review the biographic information and other case records sent by the RSC [overseas Resettlement Support Centers], seeking to match the particular needs of each incoming refugee with the specific resources available in U.S. communities. 80 "California bishop elected first Latino head of U.S. bishop's conference â EWTN News Nightly", Youtube, November 12, 2019, updated January 23, 2020. 43 "ECDC Responds to Trump Administration Rescinding the DACA Program Calls on Congress to Find a Permanent Solution", Ethiopian Community Development Council press release, September 6, 2017. 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Before Trump signed the executive order, state and local officials were given a voice but not a veto in deciding where refugees would be resettled, resettlement agency lawyers argue. It sends the wrong message to turn our backs on refugees who could enrich, strengthen, and revitalize our cities and towns. ]58, In 2019, Miliband issued a "scathing critique of the Trump administration's handling of border issues". Learn more about how you can help keep children safe today! The strong "supporter of DACA and other pro-immigration issues" was elected on November 2019 to lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.79 He has been vice-president since 2016 and succeeds Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston. 47 Johanna R Ginsberg, "NJ Native leads HIAS into 'Leviticus' era", New Jersey Jewish News, February 13, 2013. Compensation: Rev. 8 "Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2020", U.S. Department of State, undated. The FY2020 determination of 18,000 refugees is the lowest in the forty year history of the U.S. "15, Following Trump's executive order, 42 governors (including Republicans) expressed their commitment to resettling refugees in their communities. He added: "By no standards of national or international precedent would you describe it as a crisis, even in the communities affected in the southern US." On April 21, 2010, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) issued a statement in which it "strongly opposes the Administration's pending announcement that it plans to suspend all immigration into the United States until further notice. 19 "Resettlement Agencies", Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, July 17, 2012. Compensation: Rev. I also retrieved, when possible, financial data from the agencies' websites. "51, HIAS is also one of the three resettlement agencies that filed a lawsuit in 2019 challenging the "Trump administration executive order allowing state and local officials to block refugee resettlement. 49 Rachel Nusbaum, "HIAS v. Trump â Why We're Suing", HIAS blog, February 7, 2017. In principle, the federal government (and the resettlement agencies it works with) needs to consult with states and localities about welcoming refugees into their communities, but reality is quite different, as my colleague Mark Krikorian explained: The 1980 Refugee Act, that established the taxpayer-funded resettlement system, required both that states be consulted and that Washington reimburse them for the costs imposed on them by the arrival of refugees (who are eligible, and make extensive use of, welfare from the day they arrive). Before starting ECDC, Mr. Teferra worked at Georgetown University and Howard University as a researcher in linguistics and African studies.41, Teferra was designated by the Obama administration as one of many "Champions of Change", "people doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities".42. E. 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