Action: Urge Your Senators & Representatives to Oppose President Trump’s Pending Refugee Announcement
Various media outlets are reporting that President Trump will issue an executive order that would slash refugee admissions by more than half, grind all resettlement to a halt, indefinitely ban Syrian refugees, and prioritize religious minorities over all other refugees. These proposed changes fly in the face of our best values of freedom, fairness, and compassion. With more than 65 million forcibly displaced in the world--the worst in our global history--it is more important than ever to urge our elected leaders to weigh in TODAY to oppose such an announcement.
Barring refugees from certain countries and narrowly preferencing religious minorities is tantamount to a Muslim ban. The proposed pause would force refugees who already went through the rigorous screening process and who were set to arrive in the United States soon to instead wait months and even years to go through fingerprinting, interviews, health screenings, and multiple security checks all over again, all while their lives are in danger. It would also keep in danger Iraqis and Afghans who served the U.S. military and now face persecution.
These announcements would be gut-wrenching for our community members who are waiting to be reunited with family members, and for refugees overseas with no other options for safety than to be resettled in the U.S. Resettlement is the hardest way to come to the United States. Refugees undergo biographic and biometric checks, medical screenings, forensic document testing, and in-person interviews. It is critical that Members of Congress hear their constituents decry these announcements and weigh in directly with President Trump to urge him to immediately abandon these plans. We must urgently show our elected officials that we believe in a country that stands up to fear and stands for freedom and being a beacon of hope for the persecuted.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to the announcement expected from President Trump that would slash refugee admissions, grind all resettlement to a halt, stop resettling refugees from certain countries, and preference religious minorities. This discriminatory announcement flies in the face of core American values and this country’s founding principles. It does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. Please urge President Trump to abandon this plan and do everything in your power to stop this announcement.”
One of the best ways to make your voice heard is by commenting on a post on the White House Facebook page: Facebook.com/WhiteHouse or submit an electronic message at whitehouse.gov/contact.
Tweet @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @ your Senators/Representatives: “.@[HANDLE], my community standsw/refugees! Support resettlement for ALL refugees! #RefugeesWelcome”