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RESOLUTION NO. 5154 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE CITY OF <br />COMMITMENT IN PROTECTING REFUGEES AND CELEBRATING <br />THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF REFUGEES TO THEIR NEW <br />COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. <br /> <br />The City Council of the City of Eugene finds that: <br /> <br /> <br />A. <br />Millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes and their <br />countries due to persecution, conflict, violence and war. <br /> <br />B. <br />Refugees are persons in need of protection because they have been persecuted for <br />their political opinion, religious belief, race, nationality, or membership in a particular social <br />group, or because they are fleeing from war being waged in their own communities. <br /> <br />C. <br />Many of the refugees referred to the United States for resettlement are the most <br />vulnerable, including survivors of torture, women heads of household, children, and people with <br />special medical needs. <br /> <br />D. <br />Since its inception, the United States has been a beacon of hope for those seeking <br />peace and protection from persecution, and has generously opened its doors to millions of refugees <br />over the past four decades. <br /> <br />E. <br />The City of Eugene has a long history of welcoming immigrants and building an <br />open, caring, and inclusive community that celebrates its diversity, welcomes the vulnerable and <br />disadvantaged, and embraces humanitarian efforts. <br /> <br />F. <br />The City of Eugene is comprised of residents, and the descendants of families, from <br />all parts of the world who speak many languages and represent various cultures. <br /> <br />G. <br />The generosity of states, counties, cities, and towns across the United States is <br />essential to improving the lives of refugees arriving in the United States, providing them with the <br />opportunity to find new homes, to reunite with families and to rebuild their lives. <br /> <br />H. <br />Refugees arriving in the United States have contributed their talents, knowledge, <br />cultures, and entrepreneurship to enrich and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the <br />communities that have welcomed them. <br /> <br />I. <br />Refugees and their children have become citizens of the United States, and have <br />gone on to make significant contributions to science and the arts, public and military service, <br />education and academia, business and industry, medicine and health care, entertainment and <br />sports. <br />Resolution - Page 1 of 2 <br />