Q: How does the US decide which refugees to admit?
A: The U.S. State Department and U.S. Justice Department conduct background checks and interviews with each refugee before they are admitted. Refugees also are given medical tests to determine if they have any contagious diseases such as tuberculosis. They are tested again when they arrive in the U.S. to guard against fraudulent or false results.
Q: Who decides how many refugees can come into the US?
A: Each year, the President sets a ceiling for refugee admissions. He bases his recommendations on information provided by world refugee relief organizations, including the United Nations, and in consultation with Congress as well as federal officials who oversee refugee services. Since 2002, the ceiling has been set at 70,000 per year. This celing was changed again in 2017 when the Trump administration cut that number down to approximately 23,000.
Q: Who do I contact to find a refugee family/individual in need of mentoring?
A: You may contact Asian Association, International Rescue Committee, Catholic Community Services, or contact us and we will help find you find the right program.
Q: How are the refugees introduced to America?
A: Refugees are assigned a case manager through either International Rescue Committee or Catholic Community Services, the organization that assisted in bringing them here to America. This case manager will assist in introducing the refugee to America. This is also where mentors from within the community are extremely beneficial to help the refugees integrate more successfully into the community.