Increase Funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement
The increase in unaccompanied minors shouldn't affect other vulnerable populations
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that they plan to reprogram $94 million dollars to help care for the unaccompanied children seeking safety in the United States after fleeing violence in Central America. As a result, ORR will reduce refugee social services, formula funding, discretionary, targeted assistance and preferred communities programs in order to provide for these children.d In order for ORR to continue to provide services to refugees, asylees, Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa recipients, Cuban and Haitian entrants, victims of human trafficking and survivors of torture, as well as provide for the vulnerable children coming to the U.S.
Send an email to your representative and both your senators: tell them in order to prevent gaps in refugee services, ORR must receive an additional $200 million, for a total of $3.3 billion in FY15.