MIRA supports and is supported by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement program that provides a safe haven for human beings who must flee their home countries because of violence, oppression, and civil war. The administration has announced that it is cutting the maximum number of refugees to be admitted to the United States next year to 18,000, down from over 100,000 in 2016. It is unconscionable that this is happening in the midst of one of the largest refugee crises in history. Thank you Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Jan Schakowsky for speaking up against the cruelly low Federal Refugee Admissions cap of 18,000 that is planned for 2019-20. Many of our clients have family they are separated from, parents and children they cannot see again, because they cannot be admitted to the US as refugees under such a low cap. As our elected officials said yesterday, it is inhumane and un-American to stop offering safe harbor for human beings whose lives are disrupted by civil war, oppression, and genocide.