Poughkeepsie, New York
(Updated November 2, 2017)

The Executive Orders released in January – October 2017 have imposed a number of limitations on refugee resettlement, including a reduction in the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. and multiple suspensions of refugee admissions.

What does that mean for refugee resettlement through the CWS Poughkeepsie office?

·         Our commitment to refugees relocated in January to our area remains our top priority. We will continue to support their successful resettlement, in coordination with the family’s welcome team. I am happy to report that this effort is off to a good start, thanks in large part to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and members of the community. Thank you—you help make this possible.

·         Future resettlement of refugees through the CWS Poughkeepsie office is unlikely in the near term, due largely to the new ceiling of 45,000 refugees for 2018. Accordingly, CWS Poughkeepsie is not able to accommodate offers from volunteers to work with refugees, either for welcome teams or those having particular skills (social, language, teaching, etc.).

What can we do now to help support refugee resettlement?

·       Please continue to express your support for refugee resettlement to your policymakers. Call your Senators and Members of Congress now to tell them you support refugee resettlement—communicate why it’s important to you and your expectations of them as your elected representatives. For more information and a sample script, visitGreaterAs1.org/ACT.

·       Consider making a contribution to CWS’ emergency appeal, which offers critical support to newly arrived refugees who are just starting to rebuild their lives in the US; provides legal assistance through CWS’ offices nationwide to refugees and immigrants whose families have been separated due to the Executive Order; and expands our grassroots advocacy efforts to push back on the Executive Order and to increase the ceiling for refugee admissions.

·       Learn more about refugee solidarity and advocacy at www.greateras1.org, and get ideas on ways you can get involved and help refugees right now.

Again, we thank you for your support and your efforts on behalf of refugees. I believe that the U.S. model of rigorous refugee screening, structured resettlement programs through well-organized and experienced agencies like CWS, and partnering with local communities continues to well serve the interests of all parties.

Roisin Ford
November 2017

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