United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants
March 23, 2016
The UN General Assembly on 19 September 2016 will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one state to handle on its own. The international community must work together to find durable solutions.
“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.
Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.
The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “
Castle Island or Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1830 to 1892, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center for the United States, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.
Angel Island is a site of great history, culture, and heritage. The island lies off the coast of the city of Tiburon in Marin County, California, Uniteds States and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay with an area of 640 acres. The United States War Department provided space to build the immigration center in 1905. Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West”, Angel Island was the location of the major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 for those arriving from Pacific routes, especially from Asia.
Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934.
Statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Co-Hosts for President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees
June 03, 2016
On September 20, President Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees on the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Earlier this week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power met with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations and others representing the co-hosts for the Summit – Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, Sweden and the UN Secretary General. The Leaders’ Summit co-hosts pledged to work closely together to advance the objectives of the Summit, not only through direct action but also through concerted efforts to urge and support robust action by other UN Member States.
With 20 million refugees around the world, a comprehensive, collective international effort to strengthen refugee protection and assistance is more critical than ever. The co-hosts for the Summit all recognize that the international community must do more to protect and assist refugees. Humanitarian appeals are at record levels, yet are underfunded. Massive numbers of refugees are turning to dangerous and illegal smuggling networks in search of safety; and millions more face long-term dependency in first asylum countries, without access to lawful employment and education. In the lead up to the UNGA, the co-hosts and other UN Member States that join this effort will make concrete commitments to address these challenges, and all new and significant commitments made during 2016 will be recognized at the Leaders’ Summit.
- 6/30/16 FACT SHEET: White House Launches a Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis.
- 9/15/16 Welcoming Refugees: Honoring Refugee Integration and Refugee Voices – The White House
- 9/19/16 Remarks by the First Lady at the United Nations General Assembly Spousal Program
- 9/20/16 Fact Sheet: White House Announces Commitments to the Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis
- 9/20/16 Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly
- 9/20/16 Joint Statement on Leaders’ Summit on Refugees
- 9/20/16 Fact Sheet on the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees
- 9/21/16 FACT SHEET: U.S.-Africa Cooperation on Trade and Investment Under the Obama Administration
- 9/21/16 Remarks by President Obama at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum
September 19 – 20, 2016
United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants
71st session of the UN General Assembly
New York, New York
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