As we've recently shared, the Trump administration is continuing their attack on refugee resettlement by proposing resettling zero refugees next year.
This unconscionable proposal would end the lifesaving work of refugee resettlement in the United States and betray our long history as a haven for those seeking refuge. We must call on our elected leaders to return refugee resettlement to least 95,000 arrivals a year and end the attacks on asylum.
By law, the administration must consult with Congress by the end of September, prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard.
Will you tell the Tennessee members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee to welcome refugees?
Representative Steve Cohen and Senator Marsha Blackburn are both on the committees in charge of consulting with the administration. They must hear us strongly condemn a low admissions goal and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in FY20.
Join us as we stand with refugees and asylum seekers across the globe.
Tennesseans: Call Representative Cohen & Senator Blackburn!
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): 202-224-3344 / @MarshaBlackburn
Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09): 202-225-3265 / @RepCohen
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program from another drastic cut by the administration. The administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means that as a member of the Judiciary Committee, you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY20. The administration is also preparing another unlawful and discriminatory policy that would allow states and localities to deny refugee resettlement in their community. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.
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