Take Action Now: Urge Congress to Hold the Administration Accountable to Resettling Refugees

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As part of an annual process required by law, the Trump administration is considering how many refugees can be resettled to the United States in Fiscal Year 2021. Last week, troubling new reports are indicating that the Trump administration is considering delaying setting the admissions goal and/or further cutting the admissions goal from the already historic low of 18,000. The administration has already cut refugee admissions by more than 80%, from the historic average goal of 95,000 to just 18,000 in FY2020 – an all-time low. We must send a strong message to Congress that their constituents want to build back the resettlement program and see more refugees resettled and more families reunited. 

By September 30th, the administration is required by U.S. law to consult with leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before setting next year’s refugee admissions goal. While these 8 committee members – listed below – are critical, all Senators and Representatives should hear from their constituents and express their support for refugees with committee members and the administration. Join us by calling/emailing your Members of Congress to hold the administration accountable to meaningfully consulting with Congress about this year’s admissions level before September 30th and to build back the refugee resettlement program by setting the goal at the historic norm of 95,000.

Refugees contribute greatly to the United States in ordinary times, and have continued to show up for their new communities during the COVID-19 crisis, with many working on the frontlines of the pandemic, including 176,000 refugees serving in the healthcare field and 175,000 working as part of the food supply chain. Per CDC guidelines, all international travelers – including refugees –  must undergo thorough medical checks for COVID-like symptoms prior to entering the U.S., and are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. We can – and should – continue the safe resettlement of refugees in the United States.

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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to hold the administration accountable to resettling refugees. The administration is required by law to consult with Congress by September 30th before deciding the refugee admissions goal for Fiscal Year 2021. New troubling reports have indicated that the administration is considering delaying setting the admissions goal and/or further cutting the admissions goal than the already historic low. In the last three years, the administration has cut refugee resettlement by more than 80%, from the historic average goal of 95,000 to just 18,000 – an all-time low. Our country can – and should – safely resettle more refugees and reunite more families. Refugees have contributed greatly to America in ordinary times, and have continued to show up for their new communities during the COVID-19 crisis, with many on the frontlines, including 176,000 serving as healthcare workers and 175,000 working in the food supply chain. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration meaningfully consults with Congress and builds back refugee admissions to the historic norm of 95,000. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”

Amplify on Social Media: Share this message with your Senators & Representatives on social media! Here are sample posts:

  • .[@memberofcongress]: America must remain a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration builds back our refugee program to 95,000 refugees in FY 2021. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • Refugees are an important part of our economy! [@memberofcongress], let’s work together to rebuild the refugee program to 95,000 people in FY 2021. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • Refugees are on the frontlines of COVID response & relief: 176,000 refugees work in healthcare & 175,000 work in the food supply chain. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • Refugee resettlement is an important part of our nation. [@memberofcongress], help families rebuild their lives. I urge you to support welcoming refugees into our communities like mine. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • “America needs to be restored as a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration builds back our refugee program to its historic average in FY21. #Welcome95k #RefugeesWelcome
  • My community is better with refugees. They serve in hospitals and clinics, keep food on our shelves, and make sure [STATE] can combat #COVID19. Please support refugee resettlement and restore our country as a place of welcome.
  • Highlight contribution stories [example here] – “Our nation welcomes refugees like Saymu, who make our communities better by caring for patients as a nurse. I urge you to recognize the important contributions of refugees by supporting refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
    • More contribution samples to choose from HERE

After you Call and Tweet at your Members of Congress, Call and Tweet at Congressional Leaders who will be part of the Refugee Consultations with the Administration:

  • Sen. Graham (R-SC), Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-5972 / @LindseyGrahamSC 
  • Sen. Cornyn (R-TX), Chair, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2934 / @JohnCornyn 
  • Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-3841 / @SenFeinstein
  • Senator Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2152 / @SenatorDurbin
  • Rep. Nadler (NY-10), Chair, House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-5635 / @RepJerryNadler
  • Rep. Lofgren (CA-19), Chair, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-3072 / @RepZoeLofgren 
  • Rep. Jordan (OH-04), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee: (202) 225-2676 / @Jim_Jordan
  • Rep. Buck (CO-04), Ranking Member, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-4676 / @RepKenBuck 

*To find out if your Senator and/or Representative also sits on the Senate or House Judiciary Committee, go to www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members and https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm

Check out our additional resources and the the top 4 ways to take action:

  1. Call Congress:  Click here to tell your Members of Congress to hold the administration accountable to hold meaningful consultations and restore the resettlement program historic norms.
  2. Join Social Media: Amplify your message on social media with this social media toolkit & graphics to show your support for refugees.
  3. Engage Media: Write letters-to-the-editor (LTEs) for your local media outlets. Here is a sample LTE that you can use/adapt for your message, as well as step-by-step instructions for how to draft, pitch, and place an LTE. Please contact media@interfaithimmigration.org if you have any questions or need help.
  4. Join the #RefugeesWelcome2021 Campaign: Encourage your state and local elected leaders to express support for welcoming refugees by signing onto this letter – and amplify with this #RefugeesWelcome2021 Social Toolkit.

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