June 20, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, on World Refugee Day, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R I Florida) introduced a House Resolution reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons.  Rep. Lieu introduced a similar bill in the 114th Congress.

Upon introduction of the resolution Reps. Lieu and Ros-Lehtinen issued the following statements:

“Right now, the world faces the worst displacement crisis in history,” said Representative Lieu. “As refugees flee violence and persecution in search of peace and freedom, they are faced with some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Children are set back a generation without access to education, families are stuck in waiting, and countries that neighbor conflict zones struggle to accommodate for the sudden influx of people. As an immigrant and a Veteran, I know that protecting the most vulnerable people among us via the U.S. resettlement program and humanitarian assistance abroad promotes our core values and protects our national security interests. It is critical that we answer the growing protectionist attitudes throughout the world with a clear, bipartisan message that we stand #WithRefugees, regardless of their national origin or religion.  On this World Refugee Day, I am proud to introduce legislation with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and over 60 of our House colleagues to reaffirm U.S. leadership in promoting the health, safety and well-being of refugees.”

“World Refugee Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our nation’s tradition of welcoming the oppressed from all corners of the globe,” said Representative Ros-Lehtinen. “As a refugee who fled communist Cuba, I’m proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague, Ted, stressing the importance helping those fleeing conflict, strife, and repression. I continue to support the important work of U.S. agencies responsible for helping displaced refugees. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the importance of welcoming those who want to contribute and build a better life, especially when they are fleeing often unspeakable horrors.”

THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY: Alianza Americas, Alternative Chance, America's Voice Education Fund, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Jewish Committee (AJC), Amnesty International USA, Arkansas United Community Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Border Action Network, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Center for Victims of Torture, Central American Resource Center, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Christian Community Development Association, Church World Service (CWS), Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS), Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., Fair Immigration Reform Movement, Faith Voices Arkansas, Florida Council of Churches, Franciscan Action Network, Freedom Network USA, Global Progressive Hub, HIAS, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Humane Borders, Interfaith Worker Justice, International Refugee Assistance Project, International Rescue Committee, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Just Foreign Policy, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Latin America Working Group (LAWG), Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, National Council of Jewish Women, National Immigration Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Partnership for New Americans, NYU Center for Health and Human Rights, Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Oxfam America, Peace Action, Presbyterian Church (USA), RefugePoint, Save the Children USA, School Sisters of Notre Dame JPIC Dept, Service Employees International Union, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - Institute Justice Team, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities, Syrian Community Network, Tacoma Community House, The Asylum Seeker Assistance Project, The Episcopal Church, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Win Without War, Women's Refugee Commission, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, North Carolina Council of Churches, and Tahirih Justice Center.