Member Statements on Cabinet Nominee Confirmation Hearings

HIAS Urges Senate to Pose Tough Questions at Confirmation Hearings - January 6, 2017
HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, is urging senators to carefully consider how President-Elect Trump’s nominees for the next attorney general, secretary of state, and secretary of homeland security will treat refugees and immigrants before voting to confirm them. Given the importance of their positions for U.S. policy toward refugees and asylum seekers, it is essential that senators demand answers before deciding whether or not they will be able to perform these roles effectively.  “As we face the largest refugee crisis since World War II, we need leaders who will uphold America’s proud legacy of protecting and welcoming refugees and who will respect the rights of everyone in America, including refugees and immigrants,” said Melanie Nezer, HIAS vice president for policy and advocacy.  Read more

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Pertaining to the Nomination of Rex W. Tillerson for Secretary of State - January 6, 2017
CWS calls on the Senate and the incoming Secretary of State to affirm the importance of the refugee resettlement program, which is key to upholding our values of compassion, generosity, and welcome as we face the largest refugee crisis in recorded history. Any efforts to dismantle or curtail the U.S. refugee resettlement program are not reflective of the welcome we see in communities across the country. Refugee resettlement showcases the best virtues of the United States – community, opportunity, hard work, diversity, caring for one another, and courage to start a new life. We must carry on our nation’s proud history of hospitality and moral leadership. Let us reflect the best of our nation by leading by example so that other nations do the same and affirming our collective, moral imperative to love our neighbor, welcome the sojourner, and care for the most vulnerable among us.  Read more

CWS Statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Pertaining to the Nomination of General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security - January 6, 2017
As we face the worst displacement crisis in recorded history, with over 65 million people forced from their homes, we call on General Kelly to recognize refugee protection and resettlement as cornerstones of U.S. global leadership that promote U.S. interests, including regional stability and global security. Read more

22 Former Government Officials Send Letter to President Obama Urging U.S. Leadership and Increased Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees

22 former government officials send President Obama and Congressional leadership a letter urging U.S. leadership and increased humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.