Now more than ever, it's critical that elected officials hear from their constituents that they support refugees. Read more about why it's important to contact your members of Congress about refugees.
Stop Congress from Cutting Refugee Resettlement Funds
Background: As we face the largest recorded displacement crisis in history, resettlement remains one of the key ways that the U.S. can demonstrate leadership and encourage other countries to help refugees. President Obama committed to resettling 100,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017, an increase from 85,000 in FY 2016. It is critical that even this relatively small increase in refugee admissions is met with increased funds to ensure local communities have the resources they need to help refugees integrate and thrive.
Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a FY17 funding bill that would drastically cut resources for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. This reduction would turn our backs on the 100,000 refugees we have pledged to welcome, damage integration efforts, and negatively impact communities that welcome refugees. Please call the below members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State / Foreign Operations, as they prepare to debate this bill.
Take Action TODAY: Tell Your Representatives to Increase Refugee Funding
Here’s a sample of what to say: “I’m a constituent from [City/State] and I urge the Representative to increase funding for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program that matches our commitment to welcome 100,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017 – a minimum of $567.5 million. As we seek to respond to the largest recorded displacement crisis in history, resettlement is one of the key ways that the U.S. can demonstrate leadership and leverage international support for refugees. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge the Representative to increase funding to support welcoming communities and help refugees integrate and thrive.”
California: Barbara Lee (D-CA-13): (202) 225-2661/ @RepBarbaraLee
Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25): (202) 225-4211/ @MarioDB
Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-4): 202-225-2501/ @AndrewCrenshaw
Tom Rooney (R-FL-17): (202) 225-5792/ @TomRooney
Debbie Wassermann Schultz (D-FL-23): (202)-225-7931/ @DWStweets
Maryland: C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2): (202) 225-3061/ @Call_Me_Dutch
Nebraska: Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1): (202) 225-4806/ @JeffFortenberry
Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY-17): (202) 225-6506/ @NitaLowey
José Serrano (D-NY-15): (202) 225-4361/ @RepJoseSerrano
Pennsylvania: Vice Chair Charlie Dent (R-PA-15): (202) 225-6411/ @RepCharlieDent
Texas: Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX-12): (202) 225-5071/ @RepKayGranger
Utah: Chris Stewart (R-UT-2): (202)-225-9730/ @RepChrisStewart
You can also tweet your Representative: “.@REPRESENTATIVE, show that #AmericaWelcomes by supporting increased funds to resettle #refugees! #RefugeesWelcome”