The crisis of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the region and Africa is the most pressing refugee crisis since World War II; more than 11 million Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees have been forced to flee their homes because of ongoing violence. This has contributed to a global situation in which more than 65 million people worldwide are displaced. The U.S. has increased the number of refugees it will accept from last year’s cap of 70,000 to 85,000 in 2016, including 13,000 Syrian refugees. While President Obama had set a resettlement goal of 110,000 for Fiscal Year 2017, President Trump’s executive order has cut that number in more than half to 50,000. Despite court orders blocking the executive order, the U.S. is still on track to resettle only 50,000 refugees this fiscal year. Sadly, those numbers are not enough to respond to this challenge. We must address this humanitarian crisis by opposing any effort to limit refugees of certain religious backgrounds or those from Syria.
Now is the time to increase the number of refugees welcomed by the U.S. and call on other countries to do the same.
Call your Member of Congress
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- Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of your Member of Congress.
- When you are connected with a staff member, tell them that you support welcoming refugees and use the talking points below to guide your conversation:
- My name is _____________, and as a Reform Jew from [City, State], I urge the Senator/Representative to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
- I am concerned about the magnitude of the global refugee crisis, and especially the increased number of refugees from Syria.
- As a Reform Jew, I am inspired by the words of the Torah that teach “You too must befriend the strangers, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19).
- Attempts to block refugee resettlement echo such dark moments in U.S. history as when our country turned away Jewish refugees fleeing the turmoil and violence of World War II.
- We can ensure our security and fulfill our highest aspirations as a nation rooted in compassion and commitment to religious liberty.
- The United States currently screens all refugees for 18-24 months prior to entry through a robust and extensive process that includes 13 levels of security.
- I urge Senator/Representative [Name] to support continued resettlement of refugees from across the world by resettling at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2018 and to oppose any efforts to limit the resettlement of refugees in the United States, especially on the basis of religion or national origin.