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Current Issue: Historically Low Refugee Admissions Goal

We are outraged by the Trump Administration’s decision to set the annual refugee admissions goal at just 30,000 individuals, an historic low. This decision is an affront to our values and another step in the dismantling of this humanitarian program. 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.

Read full statement on historically low refugee admissions.

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 protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. 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:

BREAKING: @SecPompeo just announced the LOWEST refugee admissions goal in history – 30k – putting the lives of vulnerable families in danger. We will not stand for this. @[MemberOfCongress]

BREAKING: @SecPompeo‘s announcement of the lowest refugee admissions goal in history – 30k – is an affront to the countless American communities who have welcomed refugees and understand that they are valuable members of their cities and towns. @[MemberOfCongress] 

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.