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August 21, 2019 2:59pm

GLI voices opposition to further caps on refugee resettlement

GLI sent letters to Cabinet officials in the White House, opposing further limitations on the number of refugees allowed to be resettled in the United States.  “Employers in our region are deeply concerned about the Administration’s recent proposal to reduce refugee admissions into the United States. Any reduction to the number of refugees allowed to live and work in the United States would negatively affect the ability of organizations like GLI to pursue a competitive labor force and foster a thriving regional economy,” the letter stated.

The number of refugees allowed to be resettled in the U.S. has steadily declined over the past few years, from 85,000 in 2016 to 30,000 in 2019. The White House is reportedly considering lowering the cap further for FY 2020.

Because of the positive impacts that refugees have had on Greater Louisville’s economy and workforce, any additional reductions to the number of refugees allowed to be resettled in the country would negatively affect our region.

Read the full letter here.