The Trump administration intends to set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 18,000– the lowest level in U.S. history, and released a new executive order that permits state and local officials to block resettlement in their communities. Last year, the administration set an historically low refugee admissions goal at 30,000 – in the face of the worst refugee crisis in global history. For nearly four decades, the annual goal has averaged 95,000 refugees. Today, there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide — more than half of whom are children. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety.
As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that the new record-low refugee admissions goal is morally bankrupt. We must return refugee admissions to historic norms and set a refugee admissions goal of 95,000. One way Members of Congress can show their support is by co-sponsoring the GRACE Act (H.R.2146, S.1088), which would set the minimum annual refugee admissions goal at 95,000 and ensure greater accountability.
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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump intends to set a new historically low refugee admissions goal at 18,000 for FY20 and allow state and local officials to block resettlement in their communities. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. Congress must act. I urge you to issue public statements urging the administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in 2020 and condemn the administration’s dismantling of the resettlement program. Another way you can show your support is by co-sponsoring the GRACE Act (H.R.2146, S.1088), which would set the minimum annual refugee admissions goal at 95,000 and ensure greater accountability. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”