URGENT ACTION: Stop President Trump from Dismantling Refugee Resettlement! Tell Congress New Record-Low Refugee Admissions Goal is Morally Unconscionable

October 28, 2020

The Trump administration just officially set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 15,000the lowest level in U.S. history—and is harmfully restricting refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin, meaning even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has sought to dismantle and destroy the U.S. refugee resettlement system, betraying the U.S.’s legacy as the 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.

As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that the new record-low refugee admissions goal is morally bankrupt. We must return refugee admissions to historic norms and set a refugee admissions goal of 95,000—and expand the categories of refugees who can be welcomed.

Click “Call Me” or “Send Email” on the right to contact your 2 Senators and 1 Representative by phone or via email. For emails, please insert your City or Town in the brackets.

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump set a new historically-low refugee admissions goal at 15,000 for FY 2021 that also harmfully restricts refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin. This means that even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled. Congress must act. 

I urge you to issue public statements urging the administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in 2021 and condemn the administration’s dismantling of the resettlement program. Hold the administration accountable to rebuild the resettlement program to historic norms and expand the categories of refugee admissions to include all other refugees. 

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. You can find graphics and sample social below and in this new social media toolkit: http://bit.ly/FY21PDSocial. Tag your Members of Congress for extra impact. Access their Twitter handles here.

  • .[@memberofcongress]: I’m outraged that @POTUS has set a new historically-low refugee admissions goal of just 15K. Please intervene and show your support for refugee resettlement! #Welcome95k #WeAreWelcomers
  • .[@memberofcongress]: President Trump’s new record-low refugee admissions goal is morally unconscionable. Please condemn the dismantling of the life-saving resettlement program and tell the administration to #Welcome95k refugees in FY21. #WeAreWelcomers
  • .[@memberofcongress]: Thousands of refugee families are being torn apart because America has closed its doors on them. Please show your support for refugee resettlement and condemn Trump’s record-low refugee admissions goal of 15K. #WeAreWelcomers #Welcome95k

Please find Church World Service’s statement on the new historic low PD here, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s statement here and Refugee Council USA’s statement here.

Thank you for taking action, and please share this alert with your networks!