We are already seeing the drastic human impact of the Trump administration’s 45,000 refugee cap – the lowest level in U.S. history – and its multiple refugee bans, the most recent of which bans refugees from 11 countries for three months beginning on October 24th. These policy changes are already having major impacts on refugees seeking resettlement, refugee families seeking to reunite, and our capacity as a country to welcome refugees now and in the future. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that both the Administration and Congress hear loud and clear that communities across the country support refugee resettlement, are opposed to refugee bans, and are looking to both Congress and the White House to ensure that each and every one of the 45,000 refugees that the Administration promised to resettle in Fiscal Year 2018 is able to come to the United States, and not one less. A weekly update on refugee arrivals can be found at www.rcusa.org.
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 strongly opposed to any policy change that would deny access to refugees based on their religion or nationality. Please reject such ideas, as a religious litmus test for safety is an affront to religious liberty. I urge you to welcome refugees and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy that extends hospitality and offers a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States.”
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.
Tweet, share, and post your support for refugees using these example tweets:
@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: Don’t stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values. #RefugeesWelcome
@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud US legacy with bipartisan support. #RefugeesWelcome
You can also tweet your policy makers:
“@SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE, my community stands #WithRefugees! Show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting U.S. refugee resettlement! #RefugeesWelcome”
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.