Take Action Now: Urge Congress to Hold Biden Administration Accountable to Welcome Refugees and Rebuild Refugee Resettlement Program

September 20, 2021

On September 20th, President Biden proposed to set the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY2022) refugee admissions goal at 125,000. As we confront the worst global displacement crisis in history with more than 31 million refugees worldwide, and as countless vulnerable Afghans remain in imminent danger, this is a welcome step – but it is vital that Congress hold the Biden administration accountable to rebuild the refugee resettlement program, hold meaningful consultations on the FY22 refugee admissions goal before the end of the Fiscal Year, and invest in strengthening our nation’s capacity to welcome.

By September 30th, the administration is required by U.S. law to consult with leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before setting next year’s refugee admissions goal. While these 8 Committee Members – listed below – are critical, all Senators and Representatives should hear from their constituents and express their support for refugees with Committee Members and the administration. Join us by contacting your Members of Congress to hold the administration accountable to rebuild the refugee resettlement program, meaningfully consulting with Congress about this year’s admissions level before September 30th, setting the FY2022 admissions goal at 200,000, and supporting robust funding for the U.S. resettlement program.

Click “Call Me” or “Send Email” on the right to Contact Your 2 Senators and 1 Representative
You will be able to send an email or receive a phone call that connects you to your Members of Congress. Please make sure to insert your city/town in the highlighted portion.

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to weigh in with the Biden administration to rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program by setting the refugee admissions goal at 200,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2022 and to support robust funding for the refugee resettlement program. On September 20th, the administration sent its report to Congress proposing a FY 2022 refugee admissions goal of 125,000. While this is a welcome step, the growing global humanitarian need requires Congress to hold the administration accountable to rebuilding the resettlement program and setting a refugee admissions goal of 200,000. The administration is required by law to consult with Congress by September 30th before deciding the refugee admissions goal for next year. Our country can – and should – safely resettle more refugees and reunite more families especially as countless vulnerable Afghans remain in imminent danger. The humanitarian crisis is far from over for at-risk Afghans, including hundreds of thousands of Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission, U.S. citizens, and legal permanent residents who have been left behind, prevented from accessing life-saving services. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration meaningfully consults with Congress – and sets the FY2022 refugee admissions goal at 200,000, rebuilds and strengthens the U.S. resettlement program, and robustly invests in our nation’s capacity to welcome. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to do the same.”

Amplify on Social Media: Share this message with your Senators & Representatives on social media using the sample social below and this social media toolkit!

  • It’s good to see @POTUS state a commitment to more people seeking safety in the U.S. But a verbal commitment to #RestoringWelcome must be followed by ACTION.
  • We know @POTUS is willing to welcome more people seeking safety in the U.S. But there is so much more work to be done toward #RestoringWelcome.
  • .@POTUS must substantially increase the number of refugees we resettle in the United States and use every space he is committed to for people seeking safety. This is just the beginning of #RestoringWelcome.
  • Dear @POTUS, #RestoringWelcome and #BuildingBackBetter means honoring our legacy as a country of refuge and welcoming people seeking safety from Afghanistan, from Haiti, and beyond.
  • Refugees are vital members of our communities. We must restore our nation’s value of welcome and raise the refugee admissions program to 200k in FY22. #RefugeesWelcome 
  • It’s a fact: refugees greatly contribute to the communities that welcome them. [@representative], help us strengthen our nation’s capacity to welcome and raise refugee admissions to 200k in FY22. #RefugeesWelcome 
  • Global displacement is rising at an unprecedented rate. With more than 31 million refugees living around the world, the time to restore our nation’s value of welcome is now. [@representative], do your part and urge the admin to raise refugee admissions to 200k in FY22. #RefugeesWelcome

After you Call and Tweet at your Members of Congress, Call and Tweet at Congressional Leaders who will be part of the Refugee Consultations with the Administration:

  • Sen. Durbin (D-IL), Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-2152 / @SenatorDurbin 
  • Sen. Padilla (D-CA), Chair, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-3553 / @AlexPadilla4CA
  • Sen. Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-6020 / @ChuckGrassley
  • Senator Cornyn (R-TX), Ranking Member, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2934 / @JohnCornyn
  • Rep. Nadler (NY-10), Chair, House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-5635 / @RepJerryNadler
  • Rep. Lofgren (CA-19), Chair, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-3072 / @RepZoeLofgren 
  • Rep. Jordan (OH-04), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee: (202) 225-2676 / @Jim_Jordan
  • Rep. McClintock (CA-04), Ranking Member, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-2511 / @RepMcClintock

*To find out if your Senator and/or Representative also sits on the Senate or House Judiciary Committee, go to www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members and https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm

Your state and local leaders need to hear the same message. To contact your state and local officials, visit: contactingcongress.org/local and usa.gov/elected-officials. To tweet your state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for your governor and state legislators.

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