On June 20, World Refugee Day, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declared that his city would “be a sanctuary for people who need protection.” New York Mayor Bill De Blasio similarly declared his support for refugees back in January when he said, “In this great city of immigrants we will remain true to our values and always welcome all who yearn to breathe free.”
Cities like these have put themselves squarely in opposition to the Trump administration’s stance against immigrants and refugees. Most recently, President Trump’s March 6 executive order suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and called for refugee admissions to be capped at 50,000 per year — a significant drop from the nearly 85,000 refugees admitted in fiscal 2016.
The Trump administration argues that these restrictions are necessary for national security, while others claim that refugees are a financial burden, locally and nationally. Opponents like Kenney and De Blasio counter that the United States has a humanitarian tradition of welcoming people fleeing war and conflict and that the resulting diversity enriches urban areas, both culturally and economically.
Apr 27, 2019Top UN officials call for generosity from world to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps. Top United Nations officials have urged the international community not to forget the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and called for global support to ensure their safe and voluntary return to Myanmar. Speaking to reporters following a visit to refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on Friday, Mark […]
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