No Refugee-Bashing in My Name! Tell Congress to Help Refugees

We are in the worst refugee crisis since WWII, with over 21.3 million refugees across the globe. But dozens of hateful anti-refugee bills have been introduced in Congress—and the president has signed an anti-refugee executive order, carrying the force of law. The order bans Syrian refugees; bans visa holders from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen for 90 days; and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”) for 120 months. At a time when U.S. leadership is vital to protecting lives, the U.S. is abdicating its responsibilities. This EO signed discrimination into law and amounts to a Muslim ban. Refugees are being scapegoated in the name of national security.

Our longstanding, bipartisan tradition of welcoming refugees is needed more than ever. For centuries, the United States has opened its arms to hundreds of thousands of refugees whose lives have been torn apart by war, and those ruthlessly hounded because of who they are or what they believe in.

But today, instead of the U.S. continuing its proud legacy of welcoming refugees, the U.S. is closing its borders to people fleeing terror because of their nationality.

In the face of this global refugee crisis, the U.S. refugee admissions program must continue to stand as a strong program, reflective of our values and commitment to human rights.

Demand that the U.S. government demonstrate compassionate leadership and:
-- Continue to resettle refugees from around the world without discrimination
-- Fund U.S. refugee resettlement programs to enable refugees to find safety in the U.S.

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Message Recipients: Your Congressional Representative
Dear

I urge the United States to continue resettling refugees from around the world and not penalize them for the country they come from.

For centuries, the United States has opened its arms to hundreds of thousands of refugees whose lives have been torn apart by war, and those ruthlessly hounded because of who they are or what they believe in. But today, instead of the U.S. continuing its proud legacy of welcoming refugees, the U.S. is closing its borders to people fleeing terror because of their nationality.

Our longstanding, bipartisan tradition of welcoming refugees is needed more than ever. We are in the worst refugee crisis since WWII, with over 21.3 million refugees across the globe.  More than half are children.  1.19 million refugees need resettlement, which represents only 0.3 percent of the world’s population. Only refugees considered the most vulnerable – torture survivors, people with severe medical conditions, LGBTI individuals, children alone, and women and children at risk – are even considered for resettlement.

The U.S. refugee admissions program must continue to stand as a strong program, reflective of our values and commitment to human rights, and a critical component of U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic efforts. The refugee crisis is not only a human tragedy, but also represents an economic burden and regional security stressor to States hosting millions of refugees.

The United States must not use fear as an excuse to exclude refugees. The United States hand-picks refugees to be considered for resettlement, and ensures each refugee passes through a series of security screenings that on average takes 18-24 months and involves over a dozen national security, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. If there is any doubt about a refugee’s identity, he or she will not be admitted to the United States.

If we do not act, not only will more vulnerable refugees be at risk of death and other serious harm by remaining in host countries, but other countries will follow our lead and resettle fewer refugees.

We are a country of immigrants and refugees. A country that in its finest moments has tried to help others in need. That spirit is needed now more than ever.

I urge you to welcome refugees in line with our proud legacy by working to ensure that
-- Refugees are resettled from around the world without discrimination
-- U.S. refugee resettlement programs are properly funded to enable refugees to find safety in the U.S.

Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
 
 
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