Action Alert
Congress: Please Robustly Support Refugees At Every Stage of Their Journeys to Safety and Freedom
Support U.S. Resettlement of 95,000 Refugees in 2020
Urge Congress to Robustly Support Refugees At Every Stage of Their Journeys to Safety and Freedom and To Support U.S. Resettlement of 95,000 Refugees in 2020

JFI Colleagues,

In the days and weeks around June 20, 2019, communities across the globe celebrate the 19th Annual World Refugee Day. Standing in solidarity with refugees at every stage of their journey to safety and freedom, the Catholic Church celebrates the special courage and resilience of refugees and refugee families.

In his message for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis calls us to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate all those living in the existential peripheries of society, whether migrants or otherwise. As he notes, “it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.”

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Acting as members of a universal church, we urge Congress to urge the Administration to protect and support refugees at every stage of their journeys across the globe, as they are displaced in their home countries, seek refuge in neighboring countries, and seek refuge in the United States. We urge robust U.S. support for them overseas and that the U.S. resettle at least 95,000 refugees in FY2020. Please send the following message to your U.S. Senators and Representative:

Dear Senator/Representative:

As an American and Catholic, I am discouraged by the Administration's ongoing efforts to simultaneously reduce the number of refugees the U.S. welcomes each year and its proposals to cut humanitarian assistance the U.S. provides to refugees overseas. As a supporter of the Share the Journey campaign, launched by Pope Francis, I write today to express my strong support for both life-saving programs. Please urge the Administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in our states and communities in the coming fiscal year.

Furthermore, I urge Congress to reject the administration’s requests to cut foreign assistance to refugees in FY 2020.

Between FY 2016 and FY 2019, the Administration reduced the annual goal for refugee admissions to the U.S. from 85,000 to 45,000 to 30,000. As Catholics, welcoming refugees is part of our life of faith. Jesus calls us to welcome newcomers as they flee from persecution and seek to build new lives in our country. As the Administration consults with Congress on refugee admissions, I am concerned that the Administration will once again substantially cut the annual goal and I implore you to support an admission level of 95,000, a level consistent with historical norms of the nearly 40-year-old program.

While resettling and welcoming refugees to the U.S. is an important life-saving tool of protection needed for a small percentage of refugees, we must also continue to provide life-saving international assistance to those fleeing war and persecution. As a blessed nation, we should strive to do more to assist refugees overseas, not less, particularly at this time of great need. During Congressional negotiations on FY 2020 appropriations, I ask you to support robust funding for overseas refugee aid.

Thank you for your time, consideration and leadership. 

Sincerely,

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As an American and Catholic, I am discouraged by the Administration's ongoing efforts to simultaneously reduce the number of refugees the U.S. welcomes each year and its proposals to cut humanitarian assistance the U.S. provides to refugees overseas. As a supporter of the Share the Journey campaign, launched by Pope Francis, I write today to express my strong support for both life-saving programs. Please urge the Administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in our states and communities in the coming fiscal year. Furthermore, I urge Congress to reject the administrationís requests to cut foreign assistance to refugees in FY 2020.

Between FY 2016 and FY 2019, the Administration reduced the annual goal for refugee admissions to the U.S. from 85,000 to 45,000 to 30,000. As Catholics, welcoming refugees is part of our life of faith. Jesus calls us to welcome newcomers as they flee from persecution and seek to build new lives in our country. As the Administration consults with Congress on refugee admissions, I am concerned that the Administration will once again substantially cut the annual goal and I implore you to support an admission level of 95,000, a level consistent with historical norms of the nearly 40-year-old program.

While resettling and welcoming refugees to the U.S. is an important life-saving tool of protection needed for a small percentage of refugees, we must also continue to provide life-saving international assistance to those fleeing war and persecution. As a blessed nation, we should strive to do more to assist refugees overseas, not less, particularly at this time of great need. During Congressional negotiations on FY 2020 appropriations, I ask you to support robust funding for overseas refugee aid.

Thank you for your time, consideration and leadership.
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As an American and Catholic, I am discouraged by the Administration's ongoing efforts to simultaneously reduce the number of refugees the U.S. welcomes each year and its proposals to cut humanitarian assistance the U.S. provides to refugees overseas. As a supporter of the Share the Journey campaign, launched by Pope Francis, I write today to express my strong support for both life-saving programs. Please urge the Administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in our states and communities in the coming fiscal year. Furthermore, I urge Congress to reject the administrationís requests to cut foreign assistance to refugees in FY 2020.

Between FY 2016 and FY 2019, the Administration reduced the annual goal for refugee admissions to the U.S. from 85,000 to 45,000 to 30,000. As Catholics, welcoming refugees is part of our life of faith. Jesus calls us to welcome newcomers as they flee from persecution and seek to build new lives in our country. As the Administration consults with Congress on refugee admissions, I am concerned that the Administration will once again substantially cut the annual goal and I implore you to support an admission level of 95,000, a level consistent with historical norms of the nearly 40-year-old program.

While resettling and welcoming refugees to the U.S. is an important life-saving tool of protection needed for a small percentage of refugees, we must also continue to provide life-saving international assistance to those fleeing war and persecution. As a blessed nation, we should strive to do more to assist refugees overseas, not less, particularly at this time of great need. During Congressional negotiations on FY 2020 appropriations, I ask you to support robust funding for overseas refugee aid.

Thank you for your time, consideration and leadership.
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