Join us on Thursday, May 9th to tell your Members of Congress to protect refugees and restore the refugee resettlement program! Hundreds of refugees and advocates will be in Washington, DC that day to share why they care about refugee resettlement – please make your voice heard so that all Members of Congress hear loud and clear that their constituents care about refugees. The Trump administration has reduced the refugee resettlement program by 75% and set this year’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history. Given that there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide — more than half of whom are children — these numbers are shockingly low. The administration has also made and proposed multiple policy changes to create barriers for asylum seekers, which have life or death consequences for families who are fleeing violence. All people have the right to seek a safe place to call home.
Join National Call-in on Thursday, May 9th: Call (866) 961-4293*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators
Or you can click “Call Me” (to the right) to receive a phone call that connects you to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I urge you to protect refugees & asylum seekers and to be bold in choosing moral, just policies that provide refuge for vulnerable individuals seeking protection. I call on you to:
- Hold the administration accountable to meeting this year’s 30,000 refugee admissions goal and urge them to commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020, rebuilding the program and returning it to historic norms – and support the capacity and infrastructure of local communities to welcome refugees.
- Co-sponsor the GRACE Act (S.1088 and H.R.2146), which would set a minimum refugee admissions goal at 95,000 (the historic average since 1980).
- Co-sponsor the NO BAN Act (S.1123 and H.R.2214), which would end the harmful refugee, Muslim, and asylum bans put in place by this administration and establish vital protections against future discriminatory bans.
- Ensure adequate FY20 funding for refugee protection and resettlement, including $2.56 billion for the Refugee and Entrant Assistance Account / Office of Refugee Resettlement (Labor / Health and Human Services) and $3.6 billion for the Migration and Refugee Assistance Account / Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (State / Foreign Operations).
- Join the bipartisan Congressional Refugee Caucus (for Representatives only).
My community welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”
Amplify on Social Media: Share this message with your Senators & Representatives on social media! Click here for RCUSA Advocacy Days Social Media Toolkit for sample posts, graphics, and more. For more information, click here for the RCUSA Advocacy Toolkit.
Thank you for taking action, and please share with your networks!