Today, the US Immigration Policy Center released a blockbuster report laying out the benefits of refugee resettlement.
The report comes after a series of horrific photos of US Customs and Border Protection agents using their horse’s reins as whips against Haitian migrants crossing the Rio Grande River sparked outrage.
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The Biden White House’s continued use of a Trump-era policy change to ignore immigration law and deport Haitian asylum seekers en masse has sparked outrage.
While explicitly focused on the US refugee resettlement program, the new report indicates that there are no long-term fiscal costs to local and state communities of refugee resettlement. At the same time, the cultural and social benefits are immense.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“The latest report from the bipartisan US Immigration Policy Center reaffirms what we already know—that refugees are hugely beneficial to the revitalization of local economies. Nowhere was this more evident than in Western New York, where refugees have added to several towns’ cultural, social, and economic vitality. As the Biden administration cruelly turns their back to our moral and legal obligations to protect Haitian refugees and the American economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this report underscores the numerous benefits of refugee resettlement. The data in this report reveal that President Biden can revitalize state and local economies and meet his commitment to rebuild our nation’s refugee program.”
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams.
Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.