Tell House Leadership Not to Bring Anti-Refugee Bill to a Vote!
Background: This month, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 4731, the “Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act,” out of committee. As House Leadership decides whether to bring this bill to the House floor for a vote, it is critical that they hear from everyone who supports refugee resettlement. We must stop them from even considering bringing H.R.4731 to a vote by the full House.
H.R.4731 would drastically reduce and cap refugee admissions; place refugees under continual surveillance after they have arrived; and create new procedures that would significantly and potentially indefinitely delay resettlement for many refugees whose lives are in danger, including but not limited to Central Americans, Syrians and Iraqis. It would allow state and local governments who “disapprove” of refugees to veto resettlement in their localities. Under the guise of prioritizing religious minorities from countries of particular concern, H.R. 4731 could effectively prevent many Muslim refugees from being resettled. It would keep refugees from adjusting to Lawful Permanent Residency until they have been here for three years, which would delay family reunification and integration opportunities. The bill would also revoke the refugee status of any refugee who returns to their country of origin to visit loved ones or rebuild their communities.
Call House leadership TODAY: Urge them to STOP this anti-refugee bill
Here’s what you can say: “I support refugee resettlement, and I urge the Representative to STOP H.R.4731, The “Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act” from coming up for a vote. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee, but would decimate refugee resettlement by drastically reducing refugee admissions, changing the definition of who is a refugee, allowing states and localities to stop resettlement to their areas, placing refugees under continual surveillance, and discriminating against people based on their religion, among other provisions. This bill runs counter to the humanitarian leadership of the United States and the welcome of the American people. Please oppose H.R.4731 and don’t bring this bill up for a vote.”
Below is additional information about refugee resettlement that might be helpful:
Click here to download this action alert to adapt and circulate to your networks about the need to welcome refugees, regardless of religion or country of origin!