NOW IS THE TIME: Stop Trump from Dismantling Refugee Resettlement
A Refugee Admissions Cap of 45,000 Is Inexcusable
Background: The Trump administration has set the refugee admissions ceiling for next fiscal year at 45,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. The average admissions cap from when The Refugee Act of 1980 passed up till today has been 95,000, with an average of 80,000 refugees resettled each year.
Today, we face the worst displacement crisis in recorded history with more than 65 million people who have been forced from their homes. There are more than 22 million refugees worldwide — the worst refugee crisis the world has ever seen. More than half are children. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety.
As people who care about refugees, we must demonstrate a swift and powerful response, so that both the White House and Congress hear loud and clear that 45,000 is inexcusable and we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES TODAY: 1-866-961-4293
Please call 3 times to connect with your Representative and both of your Senators
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. I strongly support refugee resettlement and am outraged that President Trump has set the refugee admissions cap for next year at 45,000. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. As we face a global refugee crisis with more than 22 million refugees, resettlement strengthens our national security, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to refugees, and advances our foreign policy interests. I call on you to protect the U.S. refugee resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and hospitality.”
Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees. 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 45k is INEXCUSABLE & to #Welcome75k #refugees in the US & reject the refugee/Muslim ban. #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1”
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