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So I do we were timed with.
The with that also increase of their 5 years , so the timing of sort of leaving Iraq. And then the issuing of a lot of the Afghan SIV visas and the desire to come to soccer , when I think all of the things kind of were happening on a trajectory of the last 3 years .
So I think I think 2014 was when we started to see a pick up in Afghan special and we’re going visa holders really increased well you 50 late 15 but definitely sick 2016-2017. Prior to that , we had some Iraqi persons who help our government , our military . They were also say bees the alignment with the Obama administration . What was his peak authorization D .
5 to 80 and and that was what was sort of being predicted for the future administration. And then when things have changed . Yeah , it’s sort of been a surprise . Every year , what was , what is going to look like .
And I think it’s important to point out that even though the approved number 2 arrived last year was 45,000 we have seen these bureaucratic delays and not no official statutory cutting of these numbers. The travel ban overlay did not directly affect Afghan so bees , which are the bulb of our clients . However , we saw these delays , they simply were bureaucratic Lee delaying him so we assume that even if there in it in this most recent announcement . The presidential determination which is done before October 1 there . The President is supposed to confer with Congress that did not occur . So between a combination of administrative delays by design . I think some ignoring or thwarting regulatory processes . The net result is really we cannot anticipate at least are organization many arrivals at all in the next fiscal year .
I’m looking through some statistics , the highest number of US admissions was actually under President Reagan 200,000 over 200,000 yeah , I don’t have a specific year on that , but let’s get to a few basics. If a refugee and his or her family has settled this new number . The change in policy at the moment , doesn’t affect them at all , does it .
No so refugees are unauthorized to work they’ve all week a work visa for one year and they can apply for their green card after one year and then for citizenship. 5 years after that SA views have about a one-year head start , so they’re actually legal permanent residents green card holders at the port of entry . It’s gotta wait hopefully a couple of weeks to get that green card in the mail , but RSA views are legal permanent residents when they get here . So we’re also expecting a given this recent wave of SAP’s over the last 3 years in the next 2 years . A hopeful wave of citizenship naturalization applications coming up too .
And upon initial arrival. You need a place to stay . And it sounds like early on in the process , it’s , there is an effort to plug family into language services somehow into some translation or learning of English . So again the groups that deal with that very first step Deborah are .
Well , our case workers are staff basically meat and our volunteers meet him at the airport have an apartment set up take them to qualify for public benefits or social security if they’re disabled help them roll their children in school as a condition of their public benefits you know the primary person in the household. You know has to either improve their English and or be actively seeking employment the males mostly speak English , because they work with our government , we have a couple of programs that are designed for women . Many are pre-literate in their home country , cause they weren’t allowed to be educated . We have a license , child care , licensing program for refugee women in which at least 15 women a year started a small business in their homes , doing childcare so right away . We’ve seen the statistics that time on public assistance is far less on average 9 monster 8 months in that you know families are finding a way into to socially integrate into our region and contribute to our region . So it’s , it’s a , it’s a Sprint when they get here and we help with that Sprint , but you know , there are lots of either required English language development classes or optional . We have another small program pre literacy for refugee women with a partnership with the public library . So we have tours that are designed to have to fit these communities .
Yeah. The English learner program I know at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services , which can also lead to a GED or any kind of educational programs and really popular for decades .
Yeah , it’s been a really , I don’t know , for me it’s an opportunity , not a challenge to be able to serve this new community so really happened organically to see the change in the demographics of the class and we realized with this and the female pop student population. Well , we need to open a new lower level of class cause it was it far beginner beginner levels that hadn’t primarily Ben maybe Spanish speakers with the second or 3rd grade education let level reading level we were talking 0 formal education , no written capability in native language because he had not been able to and hearing directly from from the mouth of of one of my students through a translator . You know . Thank you so much for us opportunity . I was not able to do this at home . We want to come here , we want to go to class that we can do it now allowed to .
Well , again , the numbers will change shift sometime after the beginning of this next fiscal year , which is October 1st and I think that just seeing a picture of this down the road. 6 months from now , what’s happened will say a lot in in how the flow is to the Northern California region .
I wanted to offer. One other thing cause ever mentioned benefits I do a lot of presentations out for Community agencies and sometimes folks are concerned about that , you know , this sort of impact on the economy . So did a little bit of research and found some data supporting that after a refugee has been in the United States for 20 years they’ve paid over any benefit cost that was out to them 21,000 and right now what we’re seeing in this definitely supports who’s coming to Sacramento of the working age of those are coming as the majority , about 70% are working age , which is what we need given a lot of US-born aging population so just tremendous economic support . I mean , you could just fine article after article about the benefit the entrepreneurship of the refugee communities just across the country , and this is a tremendous loss to our nation .
Well , I tried to focus today , not on the politics or the rightness or wrong-ness of the policy , but really on the process that happens here and the impact that it will have and has had in Sacramento again we’ll post links , so that if people need to hear more or find more they can on our website. There’s one more call the action .
That one of our partners World Relief Sacramento posted yesterday. So I believe there is still time . Supposedly that maybe this isn’t the final decision . I think we want to have hope in that’s what is to call your local representatives are not your local representatives call your Congressional representatives and let them know that you know we Sacramento , California . Once this community .
And I would just like to add , I mean I echo that really call to action with US senators and congressional representatives asking that this issue be addressed. The other thing I want to say is Sacramento‘s phenomenal we hear stories from across the country about not ideals welcoming refugees this community across all faiths across the business community . Volunteers are just incredibly welcoming and it’s very heartwarming to see sort of the the fabric of this community be so supportive of newcomers refugees immigrants . So I just really want to thank your listeners cause they’ve been fabulous .
Deborah Genevieve thanks for joining us today. Deborah Ortiz , CEO of the group opening doors Genevieve Levy is director of Family Services at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services . You can find those links to more information and more resources at cap Radio.org/insight . This is inside on .
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