World Relief lays off staff following Trump’s executive order on refugees

It also capped the number of refugees the country would accept in 2017 at 50,000. “Our staff at each of these locations have served diligently and sacrificially — some of them for many years — and we are deeply saddened to have to make this difficult decision,” World Relief President Scott Arbeiter said in a written statement released Wednesday (Feb. Former President Obama had put that number at 110,000, and the New York Times reported 30,000 refugees already have arrived since the fiscal year started in October. refugee resettlement program for 120 days. 15). … We urge the Trump Administration to renew and reinvigorate efforts to work together with the global humanitarian community to meet this urgent crisis head on.” Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief, said in the statement that the organization plans “to continue the critical work of resettling refugees and serving other immigrants in the communities where we serve throughout the United States. Judges have blocked the administration from enforcing parts of the order, which has been referred to as a “travel ban.”
World Relief was established by the National Association of Evangelicals in 1944 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Europe after World War II, according to its website. Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. Last week, the organization had brought together more than 500 prominent evangelicals from all 50 states to sign a letter supporting refugees that ran as a full-page ad in The Washington Post. The Christian nonprofit is one of nine private agencies contracted with the U.S. The layoffs are a loss of “decades of organizational expertise and invaluable capacity to serve the world’s most vulnerable people,” Arbeiter said. The five local offices that will be closed are Boise, Idaho; Columbus, Ohio; Miami, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Glen Burnie, Md. Those offices had resettled more than 25,000 refugees total, according to the statement. (RNS) World Relief has announced it will lay off more than 140 staff members and close five local offices as a “direct result” of President Trump’s order to more than halve the number of refugees resettled this year in the United States. 27, suspended the U.S. government to resettle refugees.