Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Immigration policy leaves refugee programs scrambling for funds

In the rush to stem the border crisis, some of America’s resettlement programs are facing big cuts in support. The Washington Post takes a closer look at how this change in funding would impact the organizations running these programs, and ultimately, the refugees who depend on them for survival in their new country.

From the story: File this under unintended consequences: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement allocates funds to programs for refugees and unaccompanied alien children. Earlier this year, when the number of children fleeing Central America and Mexico for the United States started skyrocketing, the office reallocated more money to help address a mounting crisis at the border. That money — $94 million — came directly out of refugee programs and services. Taking the hit were grants that help refugees with employment, preventative health services and adaption to America and its school system. An emergency supplemental spending bill that would have provided more money to help with the border situation — and replenished the coffers of refugee services — fell victim to congressional gridlock. Lawmakers are now on their August break. ahead of the financial limbo facing refugee programs in the U.S.



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