Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Limits on refugee admissions

America’s bishops have issued a statement in response to the announcement last week that the Biden Administration will not increase the historically low number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States for the current fiscal year. While making that announcement, the Administration also said that it will restore the long-time practice of allocating refugees from every region of the world, thus opening resettlement to some who were not included in the more restricted categories of the previous Administration. 

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, expressed disappointment that the refugee admissions number for the fiscal year will continue to be at a historic low but he also expressed appreciation that a number of persecuted refugee families who could not previously travel will finally be permitted resettlement in the United States.

His statement is available here.

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