Immigration/Refugee Ban Causes Columbus Job Loss

President Trump’s executive order affecting refugees and immigrants is already seeing major job losses for some Columbus agencies.

Local refugee and immigrant settlement agency, World Relief Columbus, will be shutting it’s doors by the end of July, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) and US Together have also laid off large swaths of their workers in anticipation of major budget cuts.

The job loss comes after Trump signed an executive order to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the country from 110,000 to 50,000  – for some perspective, 50,000 is less than the over 66,000 student enrollment of Ohio State University.

Resettlement agencies help refugees and immigrants find housing, learn English, obtain medical care, acclimate to American culture, and develop job skills. World Relief Columbus’s nationwide agency helps resettle 11,000 refugees a year, but the closure of some of their offices, like Columbus, are necessary as they expect to reduce that number to 5,000.

US Together and other similar agencies are raising emergency funds to absorb the losses of Trump’s executive orders.


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