Action Alert
Support for Refugees and the U.S. Resettlement Program

Voice Your Support for Refugees and the U.S. Resettlement Program

Background:
As you may know, the global refugee crisis is ongoing, with more than 22.5 million refugees worldwide, and the corresponding need for resettlement is great. The U.S. has historically offered safe haven to the most vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied refugee children, elderly and infirm refugees, and religious minorities.

Unfortunately, earlier this summer, with the partial implementation of Executive Order 13780, U.S. refugee admissions reached a historically low cap of 50,000 refugees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. As Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration stated: "Resettling only 45,000 refugees a year, down from 110,000, does not reflect the need, our compassion, and our capacity as a nation. We firmly believe that as a nation the United States has the good will, character, leadership, and resources to help more vulnerable people seek refuge."

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, the Administration is working with Congress to set new admissions levels for FY 2018. We need your support to urge the government to admit at least 75,000 refugees in FY 2018. Take action and voice your support for refugees by sending the following message:

Action Alert:

Dear President Trump, Senator(s), and Representative,

As a proud American and Catholic, I am disheartened by recent actions taken to significantly reduce the number of refugees that can seek safety in our great country. I urge our nation to reject such reductions and, instead, welcome at least 75,000 refugees into the United States in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Earlier this summer, U.S. refugee admissions reached a historically low cap of 50,000 refugees for FY 2017. Such a low figure does not reflect the need, our compassion, or our capacity as a nation. These cuts have real-life consequences for people facing persecution.

With a new fiscal year about to begin, I urge the Administration to show mercy and compassion by increasing the number of refugee admissions to at least 75,000, and I call on Congress to strongly advocate for this ask, as well as making full use of the designated refugee admissions level. As the world’s most blessed nation, we should be doing more to provide assistance overseas and resettle the most vulnerable, not less.

I stand firm with Pope Francis who has proclaimed that we have a duty to our brothers and sisters who have forcibly fled their homes. "For us Christians," the Pope said, "hospitality offered to the weary traveler is offered to Jesus Christ himself, through the newcomer: 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'" (Mt 25:35). I am proud that the Church will continue to serve and to stand in solidarity with refugees, welcoming and accompanying them on their journey to protection and safety.

Sincerely,


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Dear President Trump, Senator(s), and Representative,

As a proud American and Catholic, I am disheartened by recent actions taken to significantly reduce the number of refugees that can seek safety in our great country. I urge our nation to reject such reductions and, instead, welcome at least 75,000 refugees into the United States in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Earlier this summer, U.S. refugee admissions reached a historically low cap of 50,000 refugees for FY 2017. Such a low figure does not reflect the need, our compassion, or our capacity as a nation. These cuts have real-life consequences for people facing persecution.

With a new fiscal year about to begin, I urge the Administration to show mercy and compassion by increasing the number of refugee admissions to at least 75,000, and I call on Congress to strongly advocate for this ask, as well as making full use of the designated refugee admissions level. As the world’s most blessed nation, we should be doing more to provide assistance overseas and resettle the most vulnerable, not less.

I stand firm with Pope Francis who has proclaimed that we have a duty to our brothers and sisters who have forcibly fled their homes. "For us Christians," the Pope said, "hospitality offered to the weary traveler is offered to Jesus Christ himself, through the newcomer: 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'" (Mt 25:35). I am proud that the Church will continue to serve and to stand in solidarity with refugees, welcoming and accompanying them on their journey to protection and safety.
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