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Stivers Encourages Administration to Support Refugees

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Washington, October 22, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), together with sixteen of his colleagues, addressed serious concerns with the number of refugees worldwide and the United States’ response in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Citing the nearly twenty million refugees, among which, ten million are children, Representative Stivers encouraged the State Department to continue the United States’ longstanding commitment to assisting individuals displaced by violence and oppression.

“Our nation has a long history of standing up for human rights and supporting those who are facing persecution.  In keeping with that tradition, we should be taking steps to admit more refugees,” Stivers said.

“Columbus and Central Ohio have been welcoming places for refugees, and that is a trend I believe should continue,” he added. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many individuals who are hardworking mothers and fathers who make huge contributions to our community.”

Representative Stivers will continue to work to encourage improvements to the Congressional consultation processes at the State Department in setting refugee levels and to provide adequate resources to USCIS in order to admit fully-vetted asylum seekers in a timely manner, in order to clear the immigration backlog in our courts.

This letter is the latest action Representative Stivers has taken to encourage the Administration to address the global refugee crisis.  In August, he sent a bipartisan letter strongly opposing dramatic cuts to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. 

He is also a cosponsor of the Afghan Allies Protection Act, that would increase the number of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) available to foreign allies facing persecution for serving U.S. military forces as interpreters or other support staff.

The full text of the letter can be read here.

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