RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE

OF

THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Adopted 18 April 2019

Whereas, A “refugee” is defined as “a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution”1; and,

Whereas¸ A record 68.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, of those 25.4 million are refugees2; and,

Whereas, Over half of all refugees are under the age of 182: and,

Whereas, Refugees fear for their lives and the lives of their children as they are forced to leave their home; and,

Whereas, Of the 1.2 million refugees in need of resettlement in 2018 only 55,692 were resettled3; and,

Whereas, For 2019 it is estimated that 1.4 million refugees will need to be resettled3; and,

Whereas, We applaud the historic, bi-partisan tradition of the United States in welcoming refugees, in keeping with our country’s values and the inscription on the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”; and,

Whereas, We stand in solidarity with the people of Montana who recognize the worth that refugees can bring to this state, including the people of Helena who elected the Liberian refugee Wilmot Collins as their mayor in January 2018; and,

Whereas, The number of refugees resettled in the U.S. fell, for the first time since the 1980 U.S. Refugee Act, below the total from the rest of the world4; and,

Whereas, a refugee has no choice about where they are resettled; and,

Whereas, even if a refugee is conditionally offered resettlement in the United States, they must be found admissible under U.S. immigration law; and,

Whereas, This Refugee Processing and Security Screening is excruciatingly thorough5and takes between 18 and 24 months6to complete; and,

Whereas, Refugees are the most vetted individuals to enter the United States and are not permitted to travel to the U.S. until all security screenings have been successfully completed; and,

Whereas, The students of Montana State University include individuals from all parts of the world and we celebrate the diverse life experiences and cultures they bring to our campus; now, therefore be it,

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) welcomes refugees and wholeheartedly declares its support for the resettlement of refugees regardless of their religion, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin, in our city of Bozeman Montana; and,

Resolved, That ASMSU requests that the local government consider refugee resettlement; and,

Resolved, That the Montana State University administration consider the positive impact refugees could have on our campus and express their opinion publicly.

 

1https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refugee

2https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html

3https://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2019/2/5c6bc9704/5-cent-global-refugee-resettlement-needs-met-year.html?

4 https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/07/05/for-the-first-time-u-s-resettles-fewer-refugees-than-the-rest-of-the-world/

5https://www.uscis.gov/refugeescreening

6 https://refugees.org/explore-the-issues/our-work-with-refugees/security-screening/

 

 

 

 

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Karl Swenson – Senate Speaker