Urgent: Call to Increase the U.S. Refugee Admissions Goal

The Administration has announced the number of refugees the U.S. will admit in the next fiscal year, and it is the lowest in U.S. history. We know that the United States is capable of doing far more – that’s why WE NEED YOU to tell your members of Congress AND the President that you support:

An admissions goal of at least 75,000 refugees being protected and welcomed into the U.S. in the coming fiscal year.

Let’s push the President and Congress to do what we know we’re capable of.

Call both your Senators AND Representative at 1-866-940-2439

Please call three times to be connected with your Representative and both of your Senators.

AND don’t forget to call the White House at 202-456-1111

Sample Script:

 I’m your constituent from (CITY/STATE), and I am calling to express my deep disappointment that the President set the lowest refugee admissions ceiling since the start of the U.S. refugee program. I urge (Member’s Name) to publicly call on the President to raise the admissions ceiling for this year to at least 75,000, and to join other members of Congress in finding ways to encourage the President to do this.

We can and must protect both refugees and asylum-seekers. Failing to ensure robust refugee resettlement in the midst of the worst global displacement crisis will only increase irregular migration and trafficking. I also ask that (Member’s name) conduct rigorous oversight to ensure that we reach the 45,000 ceiling that the Administration has now committed too – while this is a wholly unacceptable number, we must ensure we protect at least this amount this year.

My community welcomes refugees, and wants to help them – I encourage (Member’s Name) to stand up for what is right, and protect this life-saving humanitarian program.”

If you feel comfortable, share a personal story about why helping and welcoming refugees is important to you (your faith, your community, your business, your family or background etc.) Let them know the specific ways that refugees are welcomed into your community, congregations, and why refugee protection is so important to you. Make it personal!

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY AMONG YOUR NETWORKS.

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