Press Statements

Refugee Congress Recognizes Anniversary of USCIS Mission Statement Change

Feb. 22, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Two years ago, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) changed its mission statement to remove a passage identifying the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.” On this anniversary, Refugee Congress recognizes this country’s long tradition as a nation of immigrants and will continue to amplify the important role immigrants have played and continue to play in building vibrant, thriving and engaged communities… read more


Refugee Congress Condemns Expansion of the “Travel” Ban

Feb. 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Refugee Congress condemns the Administration’s expanded “Travel” Ban, Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry, as discriminatory and damaging to our communities across the country and to our national identity as a welcoming nation… read more


Refugee Congress Commemorates Anniversary of the First Muslim and Refugee Ban

Jan. 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Refugee Congress commemorates this week as the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim bans, the anniversary of accelerated actions putting asylum-seekers at risk and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz… read more


Refugee Congress Applauds Injunction of Executive Order Requiring Local Consent for Refugee Resettlement

Jan. 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The U.S. District Court in Maryland issued an injunction today, blocking the implementation of the Administration’s Executive Order 13888, which would allow states and localities to block refugee resettlement in their communities… read more


Message to Governor Abbott from Refugee Congress Delegate in Texas

Jan. 15, 2020

Hadidja Nyiransekuye is the Refugee Congress Honorary Delegate in Texas. Originally an asylum-seeker from Rwanda, she now lives in Fort Worth.

“When Governor Abbott announced his decision to stop refugee resettlement in Texas, I was deeply disappointed, and also confused. There are so many localities in Texas that have indicated what I know to be true from my own experience: Texans welcome refugees! …” read more


Refugee Congress Condemns Texas Governor’s Decision to End Refugee Resettlement

Jan. 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: As an organization built and led by resettled refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants, we are devastated by Governor Abbott’s shortsighted and cruel decision not to continue refugee resettlement in Texas, contrary to the declarations of support from several major cities including San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth… read more



Nov. 21, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Refugee Protection Act of 2019 was introduced at a news conference earlier today. Refugee Congress strongly supports this legislation and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor the bill… read more



Nov. 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Refugee Congress released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Trump Administration’s efforts to terminate DACA, the federal program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to live and work in the U.S… read more


Refugee Congress Opposes Trump Administration’s Rescinding of DACA and Urges Congress to Act Now to Help Dreamers

Sept. 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Refugee Congress stands with Dreamers in opposition to the ending of the DACA program. DACA recipients are Americans in every way except the formal paperwork. Similar to DACA recipients, Refugee Congress Delegates… read more


Refugee Congress Strongly Opposes the RAISE ACT as Harmful to Families and Communities

Aug. 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: We strongly oppose the RAISE Act, which aims to slash legal immigration by at least 50 percent in the next 10 years, including limiting refugee resettlement to a maximum of 50,000 refugees per year… read more