June 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of World Refugee Day:

“World Refugee Day is an opportunity to recognize the millions of people from across the globe who have been forced to uproot their lives due to armed conflict and persecution,” said Rep. Espaillat. “We honor their sacrifice and courage when displaced and seeking safety for themselves and their families.

“Last year, the international community recorded 65.6 million displaced people, refugees, and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution in every region of the world. Tragically, children account for 51 percent of refugees – millions of whom are unable to access basic services like education, setting back a generation of young minds.

“Despite the many challenges that refugees face, the Trump Administration has consistently proposed divisive Executive Orders that make refugees feel unwelcome and unsafe here in America. A strong nation builds bridges, not walls and the actions of the Trump Administration do not reflect the ideals of America.

“Leaving one’s country is a deadly mission, but often there is no other choice. On this World Refugee Day, we must recommit our work to address conflicts around the world that force people out of their homes and not turn our backs on refugees who have already experienced unimaginable violence and hardship. We must continue to open our arms to refugees from around the world and defend their rights and liberties today in order to ensure a stronger and more united international community in the future.”

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