NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY (Monday, October 26th): Tell Congress to Pressure the Administration to Restore Refugee Resettlement Program and Welcome Refugees

October 22, 2020

The Trump administration has proposed the lowest refugee admissions goal in history — just 15,000 refugees in FY2021 — and the roadmap of the administration’s proposal suggests even fewer than 15,000 refugees would actually be resettled.

As the first month of this fiscal year comes to an end, the President has STILL failed to sign a refugee admissions goal for FY 2021, grinding the resettlement program to an indefinite halt.

In addition, the administration’s roadmap for resettlement is based on very restrictive categories of refugee populations. As a result, the United States might not even meet half of its historic low admissions goal of 15,000 this year. It is important to expand the categories of refugee allocations, so that the United States can actually meet the low FY 2021 proposed admissions goal of 15,000.

Since taking office, the administration has sought to dismantle and destroy the U.S. refugee resettlement system, betraying the U.S.’s legacy as a global humanitarian leader. For nearly four decades, the annual goal has averaged 95,000 refugees. Today, there are 29.6 million refugees worldwide — but refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety.

Our communities have continued to declare that they are willing and ready to continue welcoming refugees. Join us by contacting your Members of Congress and urging them to hold the administration accountable by signing a refugee admissions goal, expanding the categories of refugee populations (called “refugee allocations”), and increasing the FY 2021 admissions goal to 95,000 — the historic average. 

Contact Your 2 Senators and 1 Representative Today
Click “Send Email” or “Call Me” on the right- and edit the email script to personalize your email!

Sample Email/Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has failed to sign a refugee admissions goal for FY 2021, which has stopped the resettlement program. [As a former refugee from [country], I came to the U.S. in [year], and today I [about your job or community involvement]].

I also strongly oppose the proposed new historic low refugee admissions goal of just 15,000 and restrictive refugee allocation categories. Please hold the administration accountable to sign a refugee admissions goal for FY 2021, expand the categories of refugee allocations to include an “Other” category, and increase the FY 2021 admissions goal to 95,000 – the historic average.

Our country can – and should – safely resettle more refugees and reunite more families. Refugees contribute to this country in many ways in ordinary times, and have continued to show up for their new communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Many refugees are working on the frontlines, including 176,000 serving as healthcare workers and 175,000 working in the food supply chain. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”

Amplify on Social Media: After you have contacted your Members of Congress, encourage others to take action by taking to social media. Tag your Members of Congress for extra impact. Access their Twitter handles here. Find sample social  below, or create your own using the hashtags #WeAreWelcomers #Welcome95k.

  • .[@local elected official] show @POTUS that #WeAreWelcomers and sign on to and ensure that we WILL #Welcome95k
  • .[@memberofcongress]: America must remain a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in FY 2021.#Welcome95k #WeAreWelcomers
  • .[@memberofcongress]: Thousands of refugee families are being torn apart because America has closed its doors to them. Please show your support for refugee resettlement. #WeAreWelcomers #Welcome95k

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