CONGRESSMAN LIEU INTRODUCES WORLD REFUGEE DAY RESOLUTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington - Today, on World Refugee Day 2016, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) introduced House Resolution 792, reaffirming the United States commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons. Reps. Eliot Engel, David Cicilline, Earl Blumenauer, Alcee Hastings, Juan Vargas, Joe Crowley, Ruben Gallego, Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren and Betty McCollum joined Mr. Lieu to co-sponsor this resolution.
“Today, on World Refugee Day, we must recognize the incredible fortitude of the world’s millions of refugees and displaced persons in the face of unthinkable hardships. Unfortunately, this year’s commemoration comes amidst the highest levels of worldwide displacement of people ever recorded. Fueled by ongoing conflict, violence and persecution, the number of people forcibly displaced had risen to a staggering 65 million by the end of 2015, compared to 51 million only two years earlier. This significant increase is a poignant reminder of how much work there still is to do.
“Today, Congress should send a strong message that the U.S.—a country whose story has been written by those fleeing oppression and hardship – will not abandon the world’s most vulnerable populations. That’s why I am honored to introduce a House Resolution today along with my House colleagues Eliot Engel, David Cicilline, Earl Blumenauer, Alcee Hastings, Juan Vargas, Joe Crowley, Ruben Gallego, Adam Schiff, Zoe Lofgren and Betty McCollum to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons.”