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Current Issue: Trump threatens to shut down refugee resettlement in 2020

Trump administration officials are considering the unprecedented step of essentially shutting down refugee resettlement in 2020. After already setting the lowest ceiling in the history of the program – 30,000 people in 2019 – some officials have proposed admitting ZERO refugees. Cutting the program further than these historically low levels at a time when record numbers of people are fleeing for their lives is unjustifiable. Thousands of refugees are already approved for resettlement – many of them parents with young children, or family members waiting to be reunited with loved ones already in the US. This proposal would betray them and violate our nation’s values and humanitarian obligations. All across America, the cities and towns who welcome refugees know that we are better than this. Exodus Refugee Immigration is committed to advocating for refugees, the communities who welcome them, and the values that have made America a land of hope and opportunity for generations. Even as we fight this cruel proposal to decimate the US refugee resettlement program, Exodus continues to serve the many refugees we have already welcomed to Indianapolis. We are committed, we are prepared, and with your help we will keep making Indianapolis a haven of freedom and safety for all.

Who to Call

Call your Senators and Representatives at 202-224-3121. Please call the same number three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators. Phone calls are the #1 most effective way to be heard by your elected officials.

Say: “I am your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to do everything in your power to protect the refugee resettlement program from being decimated by the administration. The administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. Congress must hold the administration accountable. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY20. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration stops its attacks on refugees and commits to resettling 95,000 in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”

Feel free to share any personal experiences engaging with refugees through your faith group, civic group, children’s school, community service provider, or in your neighborhood.

Send the President a message that you support refugees by clicking here.  

Social Media

You can also tweet at your Senators and Representatives and the administration. Here are some sample Tweets:

.@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] Don’t stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values. #NORefugeeBans #SaveRefugeeResettlement #RefugeesWelcome #IndyWelcomesAll #StandWithRefugees

.@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support. #NORefugeeBans #SaveRefugeeResettlement #RefugeesWelcome #IndyWelcomesAll #StandWithRefugees

Your state and local leaders need to hear the same message. Tell them that your community welcomes refugees. To find your governor, state legislators, mayor, and local officials, click here. To tweet your state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for your governor and state legislators.