Action Alert: Protect Refugee Resettlement - Calls needed!

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.

Not from Tennessee?

Another Nashville agency has been working hand in hand with ICE


Tonight, WSMV broke a story detailing how Nashville’s probation department has been closely collaborating with ICE agents to arrest and detain individuals who are currently on probation. The report shows that Probation Director Robert Green and members of his staff helped ICE to arrest Nashvillians who were reporting to probation offices, including by alerting ICE agents of their appointments and sharing their home addresses. 

Click here to sign on: Nashville Metro Government Must Stop Helping ICE Deport our Families, Friends, and Neighbors!

ICE and our local government agencies are creating a seamless pipeline between our criminal justice system and deportation. Even routine encounters with law enforcement can result in the separation of families when we allow ICE to use our jails, our courtrooms, and our probation departments. This kind of entanglement undermines the mission of these agencies, and the values of our city.

Add your name to the petition today: Nashville agencies must stop helping ICE deport our families, friends, and neighbors.

Today’s news is the latest in a series of events that highlight Metro’s role in immigration enforcement, including how MNPD officers assisted ICE is a highly publicized attempted arrest in Hermitage and the agreement Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall has with ICE to rent out bed space, making it easier for federal agents to conduct arrests in our communities.

The time for public statements and promises is over. The events of the last two months demonstrate the urgency for clear, transparent policies from our Metro Government that draw a bright line between the work of our municipal agencies and federal immigration enforcement.