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Current Issue: President’s Executive Order

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.

 

 

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’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose President Trump’s all-time low cap on refugee admissions, as well as his continued Muslim and refugee bans. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018 and urge the administration to commit to resettling at least 75,000 in 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows 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 the refugee resettlement program.”

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

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.