Statement from USCIS Acting Director Tracy L. Renaud on World Refugee Day June 20, 2021

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On Sunday, June 20, we observe World Refugee Day. Every year, this day draws attention to the plight of refugees across the globe. At U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the occasion is particularly meaningful.

Since 1980, the United States has resettled more than 3 million refugees who were forced to flee their homeland. USCIS plays a critical role in helping the U.S. government fulfill its humanitarian obligations by adjudicating refugee claims overseas and offering compassion to the displaced and persecuted.

This year, USCIS commemorates the 16th anniversary of our agency’s refugee corps. Now, more than ever, this corps exemplifies the belief that generosity is a sign of American strength, and that when we offer refuge to those in need of protection, we are living up to our nation’s highest ideals.

In the first days of his Administration, President Biden issued executive orders to restore faith in our nation’s legal immigration system and to improve our ability to welcome and resettle refugees. USCIS is working together with our federal, state and local partners to carry out these executive orders and rebuild our nation’s refugee admissions and resettlement program.

USCIS stands proud of the role we play ensuring that those eligible for refuge will continue to find a safe haven in the United States. We celebrate the significant contributions that generations of refugees and their families have made to our country. Indeed, they continue to be a rich part of the fabric of our nation and leave an indelible mark for generations to come.

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