MEDIA ADVISORY: Congress Holds Hearing on Refugee Program TODAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON—Today the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee will hold its first hearing on the state of the U.S. refugee program in more than two-and-a-half years.

Lawmakers will hear about the benefits of the refugee resettlement program and the current Administration’s attempts to dismantle the program.

The current Administration’s actions have placed discriminatory bans on immigration, endangered asylum seekers and sought to dismantle the popular refugee resettlement program through reduced admissions caps, allowing states and localities to block refugee resettlement and other actions.

WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2:15pm

LIVESTREAM: House Judiciary Youtube channel


Biar Atem – Refugee Congress Nevada Delegate and Board Member

The Most Reverend Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodrguez – Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and, Chair of the Committee on Migration, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lora Ries – Senior Research Fellow, Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation

Barbara Strack – Former Chief of the Refugee Affairs Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Current Advisory Member, Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program


Refugee Congress is a nonpartisan national advocacy organization built and led by former refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants to promote the well-being, integration and dignity of all vulnerable migrants. With delegates across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, we use our voices and experiences to inform and influence decision-makers on critical domestic and international issues that affect our communities.  

Kacy Kostiuk
Communications Manager
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