THE PASSION GAP
On the issue of immigration in the US there is a “passion gap.” While the majority of people in the US are pro-immigration, and pro-refugee resettlement, the smaller percentage of people who are against immigration are much more passionate about voicing their position and about making sure it’s a prominent election issue. Utica: The Last Refuge is a documentary that will ignite passion for those of us who support resettling refugees and believe the United States should be a leader in exhibiting this kind of humanity. In short, we seek to level the passion gap.
OUR NATIONAL REPUTATION IS AT STAKE
Amidst the largest refugee crisis since WWII (coming from Syria, Myanmar, Somalia, DRC, and Sudan mostly), we are taking in fewer refugees than ever before. Target numbers are set by the president each October and cover the succeeding fiscal year.
Not only are we setting decreasing target numbers, but the State Department is reducing the staff who do the work of identifying refugees and who grant them refugee status. Even more important, there has been a big reduction in the number field personnel charged with vetting refugees. There are now far fewer refugees in the pipeline ready to be resettled in the US, making even meeting our low target numbers impossible. It will take years to rebuild capacity we have lost via the current administration’s harsh tactics.