Awareness - April 11, 2024 - We Welcome

Awareness - April 11, 2024

Refugee admissions for the month of March 

The U.S. welcomed 7,431 refugees in the month of March. This number reflects a significant decrease from the more than 10,000 refugee arrivals documented in February. However, Dan Kosten, Assistant Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum, points out that "what the March numbers demonstrate is the importance of a refugee pipeline that can sustain high numbers of refugee arrivals from month to month.”

Campaign warns migrants of dangers of traversing terrain near the southern U.S. border

Federal authorities, local New Mexican officials, and Mexican diplomats are working together to discourage people from journeying across the border between ports of entry in Southern New Mexico and far west Texas. They are using online public service announcements as part of the “No Se Arrisgue” (Don’t Risk Your Life) campaign to warn migrants of the risks associated with crossing through areas of the desert at the United States’ southern border.

A report and database recently released by the humanitarian organization No More Deaths (No Mas Muertes) documents an increase in deaths in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s El Paso Sector, which covers New Mexico and El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas. In fiscal year (FY) 2023, 149 migrants died in the El Paso sector and 34 deaths have been reported in FY2024, which began on October 1.

Welcome Corps has received over 13,000 applications from groups who want to sponsor refugees they know

The Welcome Corps program has received more than 13,000 applications from private sponsor groups (PSGs) who want to sponsor refugees they know in the three months since the program expanded to provide such an opportunity. The Welcome Corps launched in January 2023 with the first phase of its program that provides PSGs who do not currently have a personal connection with refugees the opportunity to be matched with refugees who are already qualified for and awaiting resettlement in the U.S. into their communities. 

To learn more about the Welcome Corps and forming a private sponsor group to be matched with a refugee or refugee family, check out this page on our website. If you already know a refugee whom you would like to sponsor, you can find more information and can connect with the Welcome Corps by clicking here.