We live in a time with an unprecedented 65 million people displaced around the world, including 22.5 million refugees – the highest number in recorded history.
Estimates indicate that a person is displaced every 20 minutes. When global need is at its highest, the United States has quickly reversed our nation’s long history as a world leader in refugee protection and resettlement.
The administration has set an all-time low refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2018 at 45,000 – turning our back on the values of compassion and welcome we claim to represent. What’s worse, the administration is only on track to resettle 20,000 refugees this year, not even meeting its own goal.
Please call your Senators and Representatives (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support refugee resettlement.
Sample Script: “I am … and your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose the President’s continued Muslim and refugee bans, as well as the all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018 and see the administration commit to resettling at least 75,000 for 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting the refugee resettlement program.”