Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

USCCB gears up to increase capacity by 25%

Posted by Christopher Coen on March 11, 2010

USCCB, the largest refugee resettlement agency in the U.S. is boosting its capacity to resettle refugees by 25% (see here).

In an effort to provide even more life-giving assistance, the USCCB has developed a comprehensive plan to increase by 25 percent over the next two years the capacity to welcome and serve refugees who come to our land.

USCCB resettles 30% of the refugees resettled to the U.S.

This past year, through agencies such as Catholic Charities and the Catholic Legal Immigration Net­work, the USCCB has resettled 22,565 refugees, or approximately 30 percent of the annual total ref­ugees admitted into the United States.

Wouldn’t it be best if USCCB and its affiliates ensure first that they are adequately assisting the refugees that have already been entrusted to their care before taking on any more refugee clients? (thinking about the refugees in Houston)

Also, if you look through some of the State Department inspection reports for USCCB and it’s affiliates (here), you see that they are regularly failing to meet even the rather minimal “minimum standards” set out for them in the contracts (Cooperative Agreement) to care for refugees that they sign with the government. Many refugees ask to go back to refugee camps when they are left on their own by resettlement agencies in our cities with little to no help.

By the way, Catholic Charities of Arkansas is gearing up to expand operations in that state (see here).

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