This year, the administration set the refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Even more upsetting is that last year, the administration resettled less than half of their then-historic low 45,000 goal. This cannot happen again. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to hold the administration accountable to meeting its 30,000 refugee admissions goal and commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020. Our doors have always been open to people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war. Closing our doors creates an uncertain future for millions of refugees across the globe.
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’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I am outraged that the administration has set the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the resettlement program – at just 30,000. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that, at the very least, the administration meets this year’s admissions goal and commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2020. I also urge you to affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection, and see that the administration processes and welcomes asylum seekers and respects family unity. To do otherwise violates U.S. and international law. My community welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”
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.
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. #RefugeesWelcome
.@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support. #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.