TAKE ACTION: refugee resettlement numbers

The current administration has reduced the refugee resettlement program by 80% and set this year’s refugee admissions goal at 18,000, the lowest level in U.S. history. Given that there are more than 25 million refugees worldwide, more than half of whom are children, the dismantling of the resettlement program is unconscionable.

Please call your Senator and Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor the GRACE Act (S.1088 and H.R.2146), which would set a minimum refugee admissions goal at 95,000, the historic average since 1980, and increase congressional authority to hold the administration accountable to operate the resettlement program in good faith. Our Senators and Representatives need to hear that their constituents welcome refugees and want to see them co-sponsor the GRACE Act and show the bipartisan support we know exists for refugee resettlement.

Please call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected with your Senator and Representative.

 Here is a suggested text for your call:

“Hello, I’m a person of faith and your constituent from [CITY/TOWN].  I am calling to urge you to protect refugees and rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program by cosponsoring the GRACE Act (S.1088/H.R.2146). The GRACE Act would restore the refugee resettlement program to the historic annual average of 95,000 and hold the administration accountable to operating the refugee resettlement program in good faith. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by cosponsoring the GRACE Act. Thank you.”