Congress Passes Spending Bill without Targeting Refugees

Assistant Director of Communications

December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With solid bipartisan support and without riders that would have targeted refugee resettlement, Congress has funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year, through September.

Moments ago, the Senate approved the measure 65-33. This morning the House passed the bill on a 316-113 vote.

“We’re glad Congress honored our tradition of welcoming refugees,” said Jacinta Ma, director of policy and advocacy at the National Immigration Forum. “Congress was also right to allocate more money for immigration courts and extend the EB-5 regional center program.

“That’s not to say it’s perfect. Congress should fund body-worn cameras for Customs and Border Protection, and more money for workforce development and training would help immigrants gain crucial opportunities and skills.”

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