Congress Must Stop the Administration from Banning Refugees by Discounting Their Relationships with Resettlement Agencies

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Background: Repeatedly, President Trump has tried to grind refugee resettlement to a halt, ban individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, and reduce the number of refugees we welcome in the United States. After several lawsuits were filed against his executive orders, the Supreme Court issued a decision that partially allows the administration to limit the entry of refugees – as well as travelers from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan – to those who have a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity” in the United States.

The Trump administration is narrowly interpreting this ruling to discount many family relationships, as well as the relationships that refugees have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies. This interpretation is clearly not in keeping with the Supreme Court’s decision. Resettlement agencies have already provided assurances to the U.S. State Department to resettle, by name, an additional 26,000 people this year. Many have church co-sponsors who have already signed documents stating their commitment to help these refugees rebuild their lives. All of this clearly demonstrates a formal relationship with a U.S. entity.

Trump’s executive orders are discriminatory and morally reprehensible, and with these latest actions they could successfully ban thousands of refugees and dismantle the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Right now is a critical time to call on our Senators and Representatives to hold the administration accountable to recognizing the relationships that refugees clearly have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies so that we can keep our promises to refugees we have promised to resettle.

Please call 3 times to connect with your 1 Representative and your 2 Senators

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I support refugee resettlement. I strongly oppose President Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban executive order. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure the administration complies with the Supreme Court decision and recognizes the relationships that refugees have with U.S.-based resettlement agencies. I ask that you do everything in your power to urge the administration to change this interpretation, which clearly violates the court order.

Please also share a personal story about why refugee resettlement is important to you, your community, etc. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.

You can also tweet at your Senators & Representatives: “.@[SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] Tell the White House to welcome more #refugees in the US & stand against refugee/Muslim ban EO. #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1”