From April 13th through April 28th, Members of Congress will be in their local offices. It is a critical time when Senators and Representatives need to hear that their constituents care about refugees. The Trump administration has dismantled 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.
Call and meet with your Members of Congress and ask them 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.
- Join the bipartisan Congressional Refugee Caucus (for Representatives only).
- Affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection, and ensure that asylum seekers are not returned to harm.
For more information, please check out the April 2019 Recess Toolkit: http://bit.ly/AprilRecessToolkit.