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Refugee Support Services Funding In Washington At Risk

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Opinions, Policy & Legislation

Refugee students in Washington are at risk of losing Federal support dollars

Refugee students in Washington are at risk of losing Federal support

Refugee youth and families in Washington are currently at risk of losing access to critical services as our nation faces a crisis in supporting the unprecedented number of children fleeing violence in Central America.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to move funding from current refugee programs in order to meet their legal obligation to care for unaccompanied children. They cannot care for these children arriving alone at our borders and continue to provide critical supports for refugee communities in the United States without increased.

At risk of potential elimination is funding for the Refugee School Impact Grant, which provides funds to school districts and community based organizations to support refugee students and families with integration into the American school system. These programs make a real difference in supporting refugee students and families through tutoring, afterschool programs, interpreters and more. Students in Seattle, Spokane, and many other communities around our state benefit from the funding this program provides.

Earlier this month, President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding, with $1.8 billion to care for the growing number of unaccompanied children entering the United States, so that refugee services do not have to be cut. Contact your Congress person and Senators to support the proposed supplemental budget in order to meet the needs of both unaccompanied children and refugees.

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