June 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in observance of World Refugee Day.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 68.5 million individuals have been displaced worldwide, including 40 million victims displaced inside their own country and 25.4 million refugees.

“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. We honor their sacrifice and courage when displaced and seeking safety for themselves and their families. A strong nation builds bridges, not walls and the actions of the Trump Administration do not reflect the ideals of America,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

“Leaving one’s country is a deadly mission, but often individuals and their families are faced with 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. Our course of action should be to 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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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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