Biden Gives New Hope To Refugees Fleeing Religious Persecution
Million refugees around the world who need to be resettled. That is, according to the United Nation, which says many of them have fled religious persecution. While the Trump administration has highlighted the plate of many religious minorities. For the most part, it has shut the country's doors to refugees. NPR's Tom Geltman reports that President elect Biden is promising to change that. Shortly after his election, Joe Biden told the Jesuit refugee service that his administration would aim to bring 125,000 refugees here each year. United States has long stood as a beacon of hope. The downtrodden and you're pressed. Leader and resettling refugees and our humanitarian response. I promise as president, I'll reclaim that proud legacy for our country. That would be a sharp change. President Trump last month said he'd allow only 15,000 refugees to come here next year. At a campaign rally in Minnesota this fall. He proudly contrast in his attitude toward refugees with that of his opponent, Sleepy Joe Biden's extreme plan to flood your state with an influx of refugees from Somalia from other places all over the planet. Not withstanding such refugee bashing. The Trump administration has actually earned high marks for how it highlighted the persecution of religious minorities around the world. Trumps State Department hosted to international meetings on the issue, even issued an executive order mandating that support for religious freedom become a guiding principle of U. S foreign policy. Knox Tame is was a State department advisor for religious minorities under President Obama, and he stayed on his part of the Trump team. I think on promoting international AGIs freedom, it's safe to say they did more than any other administration has. But then, he says there was the Muslim ban and Trump turning his back on refugees, including Those fleeing religious persecution. Here. We are working to defend the right of people to believe anything or nothing to change faith. We're pushing governments to reform their laws. And then when you see thousands of people who are being persecuted for their beliefs needing to flee their homes, And suddenly we're at the back of the line. We're no longer a leader Teams left the state Department for months ago. Groups that try to help refugees were likewise dismayed by Trump's steep cut and refugee admissions. Jenny Yang is vice president for advocacy and policy at World Relief, a Christian humanitarian organization. Just in the past few years, there's been a decline of over 40% Of countries that are admitting refugees into the refugee admissions program. And it's because if the United States is not taking its position as a world leader, other countries are effectively shutting their doors as well. Yang welcome Joe Biden's promise of a new refugee policy. But she says it's set up a challenge groups that work on resettlement laid off people when refugee admissions dropped off under Trump. World relief is among those that will now need to ramp up again. Not only do we need to hire staff that have expertise in this area, but we need to train them. We need to prepare our offices, even re open offices in certain communities where refugees are going to be going, and that takes a lot of time and investment. Eventually, a Biden administration may want to give religion related issues more attention. U S foreign policy. Disciple is president emeritus of the Institute for Global Engagement. You need to think about how we train and equip all U. S personnel with religious literacy as a function of a broader engagement strategy, because religion is not something you tack on as another box. Religion is, in all the boxes a Biden administration could that make refugee policy part of a larger effort? To deal with what drives people to leave home in the first place like wars over religion. Tom Dalton NPR NEWS Washington to all things considered from NPR news.