Earlier today, the House unveiled a $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill to fund the federal government through FY2016. This bill has been agreed upon by both chambers of Congress and will likely be passed by the House on Friday and the Senate over the weekend. Despite increased anti-refugee sentiment following Paris, Beirut, and San Bernardino, no provisions were included in the bill to end or halt refugee resettlement in the United States.
We are pleased that the Omnibus does not contain policy riders that would stop or hinder the resettlement of Syrians, Iraqis, or any other group of refugees; however, we are concerned that funding levels for the resettlement program remain largely stagnant in the bill, despite the fact that the Administration intends to resettle 15,000 more refugees in FY16 than it did during FY15. As such, we must continue to advocate on behalf of refugees, their unique challenges, and rising discrimination and bias against them.
For a summary of the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act, click here.