In 2016, the U.S. admitted over 85,000 refugees, and the Obama administration had a goal for 2017 of increasing the number of refugees accepted to 110,000. However, in January 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days. After court challenges, a revised order was issued, which maintained the same limit on refugees, with the exception of refugees already approved by the State Department. The order–like its predecessor–reduces the number of refugees the government will admit this year to 50,000.
In the face of severe restrictions enacted by the White House, many people are speaking out for a more welcoming stance toward refugees. Add your voice to the chorus of those standing up for refugees. Let the administration and your elected officials know that these executive orders are not representative of the United States that we know and love. Below are some suggested actions.
1. Contact the White House by phone via the comment line (202)456-1111 to leave a message, or the phone switchboard (202-456-1414) to speak with a paid staffer who will take a message.
2. Call your U.S. Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121. Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your one Representative and two Senators. (See How to Contact Your Elected Officials)
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to President Trump’s announcements to reduce the number of refugees we welcome. The executive order run counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. I urge you to do everything in your power to reverse this order.”
3. Keep urging people to sign this MoveOn petition. It currently has over 88,000 signatures.
4. Tweet @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump to state your support for welcoming refugees. (See USCRI Twitter page for ideas.)