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Urge Our Government to Resettle 30,000 Refugees in 2019
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In Fall 2018, the Administration issued a Presidential Determination (PD) setting the annual U.S. refugee admission level at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. This record low comes when there are over 25 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement. The average refugee admission goal over the nearly 40 years of the program has been 95,000.

March 31, 2019, this Sunday, is the midpoint of fiscal year 2019 (FY19) and so far, the U.S. has only admitted 11,425 refugees. At this rate, our country is on pace to admit less than 23,000 refugees by the end of the year, far short of the annual goal of 30,000.

We continue to be deeply concerned that low admission numbers mean that refugees fleeing persecution are left in harms' way, that refugee families are left separated across the continents, and that those welcoming refugees lose the cultural and economic benefits that refugees bring to U.S. communities.

As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of refugees to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. For this reason, the U.S. Catholic Bishops urge you to express solidarity with refugees now in this moment of great need.
                                                                                                   
Urge your Representative and Senators:
(1) To urge the Administration to admit 30,000 refugees in FY19 and 75,000 in FY20; and
(2) To provide robust oversight and appropriations to achieve both goals.
                           
Learn more about refugees and refugee resettlement on our resource page.
                             
TAKE ACTION! Please click here to send the following message to your U.S. Representative and Senators:

Dear Senator/Representative:

As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being. Our teaching and the words of Jesus call us to welcome refugees as if we were welcoming Him.

Please urge the Administration to fully utilize the U.S. refugee resettlement system to admit the 30,000 refugees allowed in FY2019, and raising the refugee goal to 75,000 in FY2020.

As a Member of Congress utilize oversight and support the Administration in all efforts to ensure refugees can arrive to the United States during the rest of 2019.

During this Lenten season, the Catholic community stands with you in supporting protections for refugees, and we thank you for your work.

Sincerely,

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Dear Representative:

As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being. Our teaching and the words of Jesus call us to welcome refugees as if we were welcoming Him.

Please urge the Administration to fully utilize the U.S. refugee resettlement system to admit the 30,000 refugees allowed in FY2019, and raising the refugee goal to 75,000 in FY2020.

As a Member of Congress utilize oversight and support the Administration in all efforts to ensure refugees can arrive to the United States during the rest of 2019.

During this Lenten season, the Catholic community stands with you in supporting protections for refugees, and we thank you for your work.

Sincerely,
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As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being. Our teaching and the words of Jesus call us to welcome refugees as if we were welcoming Him.

Please urge the Administration to fully utilize the U.S. refugee resettlement system to admit the 30,000 refugees allowed in FY2019, and raising the refugee goal to 75,000 in FY2020.

As a Member of Congress utilize oversight and support the Administration in all efforts to ensure refugees can arrive to the United States during the rest of 2019.

During this Lenten season, the Catholic community stands with you in supporting protections for refugees, and we thank you for your work.

Sincerely,
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