Three things you can do to save the refugee resettlement program

Ruth Mufandaedza of St. Mark’s sends along the following:

Reports are that the annual Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions for fiscal year 2019 will be set at 45,000 refugees – the same as the current figure. Some reports suggest the administration is considering setting the goal as low as 25,000.

Dropping below 45,000, which is already the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program, ignores our humanitarian commitment to resettle refugees, undermines our long history of leadership on refugee protection, and will damage our foreign policy and national security interests. Americans believe in refugee resettlement and have opened their arms and hearts to refugees throughout our history. We have the capacity, the knowledge, and the commitment to successfully resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the coming year. To do otherwise is to weaken our nation.

How can you help?
Call your senators and representative.
Sample script: “I’m your constituent from [city/town], and I urge you to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. I strongly oppose rumors that the U.S. will release an all-time low cap on refugee admissions. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling at least 75,000 refugees for fiscal year 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”

You can also tweet at your Senators & Representatives , the president @realDonaldTrump, Vice President Mike Pence @VP, and Secretary of State Pompeo @SecPompeo.
Join Refugee Council USA’s August Month of Advocacy! Take a look at ways to advocate to protect the resettlement program and ensure the U.S. welcomes at least 75,000 refuges in fiscal year 2019.

Your voice matters.