Members of Congress and Administration officials are meeting TODAY, Monday October 1st at 5:00PM to discuss the refugee admissions goal for FY 2019. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard. US global leadership is at stake, as the future of the resettlement program hangs in the balance.
TODAY, the day of the consultations, it is critical that members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, who are in charge of consulting with the administration, hear us strongly condemn a low admissions goal and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000 in FY19.
Call House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members Today!
*Please call the Senators and Representatives from your state – see below. If your state is not listed, call the leadership of both committees and subcommittees.
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program from another drastic cut by the administration. The administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal at 25,000 for next year, which would be a new all-time low. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY19. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”
Committee & Subcommittee Leadership:
For a full list of Committee Members by state and their contact information, see the bottom of this alert.
Senate Full Committee Chair (Iowa): Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): 202-224-3744 / @ChuckGrassley
Senate Full Committee Ranking Member (California): Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 202-224-3841 / @SenFeinstein
Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair (Texas): Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): 202-224-2934 / @JohnCornyn
Senate Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member (Illinois): Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): 202-224-2152 / @SenatorDurbin
House Full Committee Chair (Virginia): Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-06): (202) 225-5431 / @RepGoodlatte
House Full Committee Ranking Member (New York): Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10): 202-225-5635 / @RepJerryNadler
House Immigration Subcommittee Chair (Idaho): Representative Raùl Labrador (R-ID-01): 202-225-6611 / @Raul_Labrador
House Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member (California): Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19): 202-225-3072 / @RepZoeLofgren
Share Your Message on Social Media! Please tweet at the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Members. Here are sample posts:
.[@memberofcongress]: America must remain a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2019. #Welcome75k #RefugeesWelcome
.[@memberofcongress]: Only 19,000 refugees have arrived in the U.S. this fiscal year. The refugee resettlement program is being dismantled in front of our eyes. Please do your part to help vulnerable refugees. #Welcome75k
.[@memberofcongress]: The White House is considering setting the refugee admissions goal at 25,000 for FY 19 – the lowest in history. This is unacceptable and un-American. Please do your part to ensure we #Welcome75k.
.[@memberofcongress]: Refugee resettlement is a core American legacy that allows people to rebuild their lives. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement. #Welcome75k #RefugeesWelcome
.[@memberofcongress]: Thousands of refugee families are being torn apart because America has closed its doors to them. Please show your support for refugee resettlement. #Welcome75k #RefugeesWelcome
Full List of House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members available here.