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Community Members, Faith, and Refugee Leaders Discuss Local Impacts of Dramatic Cuts to Refugee Program

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2018

Contact: Rev. Noel Andersen




Community Members, Faith, and Refugee Leaders Discuss Local Impacts of Dramatic Cuts to Refugee Program

Drastic Cuts to Refugee Admissions Program Will Have Unintended Negative Consequences for Columbus, Leaders Ask Congress to Push Back

Columbus, OH – Leaders from faith, refugee communities and city council member will hold a press conference and community-led event to show the support for Columbus’ local refugee resettlement office, Community Refugee and Immigration Services, in the wake of the administration’s drastic cuts to the refugee program. After setting the lowest refugee admissions goal in history last year – 45,000 – and admitting less than half of even that low number, the Trump administration has announced it plans to set 30,000 as the goal for Fiscal Year 2019. Faith leaders, refugee leaders, resettlement agencies and community partners will share how the refugee resettlement program has enriched their communities in Columbus, and ask Congress to urge the administration to raise this number and welcome 75,000 refugees in 2019.

WHAT: Community leaders hold press conference to discuss local impact of dramatic cuts to the US refugee program

WHERE: Community Refugee Immigration Services, 1925 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229

WHEN: Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 10 AM ET


Angie Plummer, Executive Director of Community Refugee Immigration Services

Liz Brown, Columbus City Council Member

Jackie Kifuko, Impacted Refugee and Refugee Organizer for CRIS

Rev. Noel Andersen, National Grassroots Coordinator, Church World Service, Washington DC

Rev. Kate Shaner, First Community Church who has been doing refugee resettlement over 40 years

Br. Horsed Nooh, Executive Director, Abubakar Assiddiq Islamic Center

COSPONSORS: Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Church World Service, Faith in Public Life, Abubakar Assiddiq Islamic Center, First Community Church


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