Dozens of Organizations Urge Biden to Welcome Refugees Without Discrimination

April 6, 2022
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Margolis, memargolish@voiceforrefuge.org

April 6, 2022

Media Contact: memargolis@voiceforrefuge.org

Dozens of Organizations Urge Biden to Welcome Refugees Without Discrimination

Following the Administration’s Support for Ukrainian Refugees, 56 organizations outline recommendations to improve access to protection for all refugees and at-risk migrant populations

New York City– Voice for Refuge Action Fund, along with 56 advocacy and faith-based organizations, today urged the Biden Administration to devote the same level of attention, resources and urgency to protecting refugees from all other regions of the world as has been afforded to refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine. The call came in a letter outlining 6 recommendations for the Biden Administration and Congress to welcome without discrimination, including granting Temporary Protected Status to at-risk populations and prioritizing refugee family reunification. Along with the letter, Voice for Refuge delivered a petition signed by more than 400 individuals urging President Biden to welcome all refugees.

“The administration’s quick and comprehensive response to the refugee crisis caused by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine demonstrates what is possible for all at-risk families fleeing violence and conflict. We must stand together with all refugees and migrants seeking safety. All refugees–regardless of where they come from or how they worship–deserve protection,” said Voice for Refuge Acting Managing Director, Mary Elizabeth Margolis.

In the days and weeks that have followed since Russia first invaded Ukraine, forcing millions of Ukrainians to flee, the United States has responded quickly and in important ways to meet the needs of this moment. 

The organizations wrote, “We want to say thank you to the administration for granting TPS for Ukrainians, championing billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, and announcing the intention to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. However, the domestic response to Ukraine has stood in stark contrast to ongoing crises in Yemen, Tigray, Syria, and in other regions and countries around the world…In the United States, TPS was immediately granted for Ukraine, while communities from Bahamas, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone still wait for TPS amid their country’s respective civil wars, crises of violence, and other extraordinary conditions…Furthermore, many of the 76,000 Afghans who were evacuated to the United States are now in limbo while Congress fails to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act to allow those with humanitarian parole to be granted a pathway to long-term status.”

“These points highlight the growing disparity in our response – or lack thereof – to the needs of individuals and families that the United States has confirmed commitments and legal obligations to aid and protect. In addition to extending TPS to the aforementioned countries, upholding refugee law without discrimination, and robustly implementing Executive Order #13985 that was signed during this Administration’s first day in office, we also recommend the following 6 steps the administration should immediately take to rebuild and strengthen the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to meet the ongoing and present need of the growing refugee population.”

Read the letter and recommendations to the Biden Administration here.

Organizations who have signed this letter in agreement (in alphabetical order)

Access Living/ Cambiando Vidas

African American Ministers In Action 

Americans for Immigrant Justice

Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors

Ascentria Care Alliance

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP)

Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture

Border Network for Human Rights 

Bridges Faith Initiative 

Center for Disability Rights

Chris Palusky, President and CEO, Bethany Christian Services 

Church World Service

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship West

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries

El Calvario UMC-IAC

Ethiopian Community Development Council

Faiths for Safe Water

Fellowship Southwest

Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

Freedom Network USA

Haitian Bridge Alliance

HIAS

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Islamic Relief USA

Journey’s End Refugee Services

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Miami Valley Immigration Coalition

Mississippi Center for Justice

Motivation Motivates

National Council of Churches

National Council of Jewish Women

National Partnership for New Americans

OneAmerica

Presbyterian Church (USA)

RAICES

Refuge America

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team

Social Eco Education (SEE)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Union for Reform Judaism

We Are All America 

Welcoming America

Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration

Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center 

Witness At The Border

Women’s Campaign International 

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

World Education Services, Inc. 

Voice for Refuge Action Fund

About Voice for Refuge: Voice for Refuge is the first 501(c)4 organization created to advance pro-refugee policies at the national, state, and local level and to hold elected leaders accountable to upholding America’s legacy of welcome. Voice for Refuge is educating the public about the benefits of refugee resettlement, advocating for pro-refugee policies in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and increasing civic engagement among refugees through non-partisan voter education. Voice for Refuge will also promote the representation of refugees in government by supporting former refugees and pro-refugee candidates running for office at the national, state, and local level. For more information or to get involved visit voiceforrefuge.org or contact info@voiceforrefuge.org.

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Voice for Refuge Action Fund is a first-of-its-kind 501(c)(4) organization created to stand alongside and elevate refugee voices in the fight for justice and equality.