Right now, it is more important than ever for all of our elected officials to hear that their communities welcome refugees. More than 65 million people have been persecuted and forced from their homes and are seeking safety. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. We cannot turn our backs on refugees we have pledged to welcome. Nor can we discriminate against individuals based on where they’re from or what religion they practice.
The administration set the refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2018 at 45,000 – the lowest level in U.S. history – and we are on track to resettle only around 20,000 refugees this year. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to see the administration meet the 45,000 refugee admissions goal and commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees next year. Take action to ensure our leaders affirm the importance of the refugee resettlement program.