ACTION ALERT: Oppose low refugee admissions goal

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

There are press reports that the Trump Administration may announce a refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at LESS THAN 50,000, which is already a historic low. We are urging the administration to set this goal at least 75,000.

Please see the action alert from CWS below. This resource from IRC on the refugee admissions goal may also be useful.

URGENT: Stop Trump from Dismantling Refugee Resettlement

A Refugee Admissions Goal of Less than 75,000 Is Inexcusable

Background: News outlets are reporting that the Trump administration may set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at less than 50,000 - which would already be the lowest goal in U.S. history. The average admissions goal from when The Refugee Act of 1980 passed up till today is 95,000, with an average of 80,000 refugees resettled each year.

Today, we face the worst displacement crisis in recorded history with more than 65 million people who have been forced from their homes. There are more than 22 million refugees worldwide -- the worst refugee crisis the world has ever seen. More than half are children. 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 demonstrate a swift and powerful response, so that both the White House and Congress hear loud and clear that any number less than 75,000 is unacceptable.

TWEET AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES TODAY: 1-866-961-4293

Please call 3 times to connect with your Representative and both of your Senators

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. I strongly support refugee resettlement and am outraged by reports that President Trump may set the refugee admissions goal for next year at less than 50,000. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. As we face a global refugee crisis with more than 22 million refugees, resettlement strengthens our national security, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to refugees, and advances our foreign policy interests. I call on you to protect the U.S. refugee resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and hospitality.

Tweet at President Trump and your Senators & Representatives: “.@realDonaldTrump and @[YOURSenators/Representative] 50k refugees is inexcusable - would be the lowest refugee goal EVER. Stop dismantling refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1”

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Jen Smyers
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Immigration and Refugee Program
Church World Service
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Washington, DC 20002
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Email: jsmyers@cwsglobal.org

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