The Trump Administration recently set the annual admission of refugees ceiling at 30-thousand individuals in 2019. Lutheran Family Services is one of the largest resettlement organization in the country and Nebraska Statewide Administrator of Community Services Emily Sutton says they are deeply disappointed with that decision.
Sutton says, “We are very concerned about the record low ceiling that was established for 2019 at 30,000. Historically, this is the lowest number that has ever been determined by a president in terms of refugee admissions into the United States and is not truly reflective of the need we have globally.”
Sutton says Lutheran Family Services and their partners are requesting that the ceiling be lifted to 75-thousand people in need of assistance as they live in war zones or in dangerous locations.
There are several hundred refugees in the state. Sutton says, “About 200 individuals in Omaha which is reflective of the low arrivals this year. Historically we can serve up to and over 500 to 600 individuals just in Omaha alone. We do have a resettlement site in Lincoln as well that is serving even fewer individuals mainly because they are coming from Iraq, one of the countries that is listed on the Extended Security Check Countries.”
In Nebraska, Sutton says you could resettle about 1,500 people. She says while resettlement may decrease they are committed to providing support to the families they serve.