TAKE ACTION: Urge Your Governor to Declare Welcome to Refugees

Action Alerts

Calling friends of refugee resettlement in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin!

On September 26th, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO 13888) that could end the resettlement of refugees in your community. The EO is already creating chaos and confusion about where refugees can be resettled, and it will lead to family separation for refugee families. Governors and local officials must provide written consent to allow refugee resettlement to continue in their states and communities. As people who care about refugees, we need everyone in these states to urge your Governor to provide written consent to resettle refugees – and share publicly why they are providing consent. If consent is not provided by January, resettlement could grind to a halt in your state and community. 

Please note: If your state is not listed, do not call your governor – instead, please contact Elissa Diaz at ediaz@cwsglobal.org to learn how to help. There are contextualized strategies for each state that we want to be aware of.

Call Your Governor Today!

*Please call the Governor from your state listed below.

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [TOWN], and I urge you to provide written consent to continue refugee resettlement in [STATE]. The administration issued Executive Order 13888 that requires governors and local officials to provide written consent in order to continue resettling refugees in those communities. I urge you to provide written consent before January and share in a public statement why [STATE] will continue welcoming refugees. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives. Our community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to do the same.”

For additional resources, including template consent language, talking points, and background materials on resettlement, please check out our toolkit, here: bit.ly/RefugeeEOToolkit. For a list of governors who have already issued public statements of welcome, click here: http://bit.ly/RefugeeEOPD

Disclaimer: We do not endorse or agree with the Executive Order. Communication about, or participation in, the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13888 is not an endorsement of the legality of the EO.

State Governor Targets:

  • California
    • Governor Gavin Newsom: 916/445-2841
  • Connecticut
    • Governor Ned Lamont: 800/406-1527
  • Delaware
    • Governor John Carney: 302/744-4101
  • Hawai’i
    • Governor David Ige: 808/586-0034
  • Illinois
    • Governor J.B. Pritzker: 217/782-0244
  • Kansas
    • Governor Laura Kelly: 785/296-3232
  • Louisiana
    • Governor John Bel Edwards: 225/342-7015
  • Maine
    • Governor Janet Mills: 207/287-3531
  • Minnesota
    • Governor Tim Walz: 651/201-3400
  • Montana
    • Governor Steve Bullock: 406/444-3111
  • Nevada
    • Governor Steve Sisolak: 775/684-5670
  • New York
    • Governor Andrew Cuomo: 518/ 474-8390
  • North Carolina
    • Governor Roy Cooper: 919/814-2000
  • Rhode Island
    • Governor Gina Raimondo: 401/222-2080
  • Virginia
    • Governor Ralph Northam: 804/786-2211
  • Wisconsin
    • Governor Tony Evers: 608/266-1212