January 27, 2018 marks one year since the Trump administration's first refugee and travel bans were issued. This action went against our belief that as Christians we are called to love our neighbor, welcome the stranger, and help those who are suffering. Many of you went out to airports and marches to show your solidarity with refugees, Muslims, and immigrants.
The Trump administration then set a historically low refugee admissions goal of 45,000 for this current fiscal year, down from 110,000 the previous year. Shockingly, this year, even this low target may not be met. According to the Refugee Council USA Monthly Report Card, at our current rate the U.S. will only resettle an estimated 15,000 refugees this year.
Now, one year after the first bans were issued, we’re in a critical moment.
Courts have repeatedly blocked various versions of the bans, but parts of both the most recent Muslim ban and refugee ban are being implemented. President Trump and his administration have engaged in a systematic dismantling of our refugee resettlement program, and we're already seeing the painful human impact of these attacks. Trump's historically low refugee cap, multiple refugee bans, and efforts to halt family reunification are hurting our families, our congregations, and our communities.
As a denomination that lifts up “love of neighbor” as a core value, we must rise up against discrimination and send a continual, powerful message to the administration and to Congress: We oppose the refugee and Muslim bans. We support refugee resettlement. We demand that the U.S. welcome each and every one of the 45,000 refugees we promised to resettle this year and increase the cap for future years.
Send a message to your members of Congress to say you welcome refugees and want to see the U.S. continue to be a leader in humanitarian protection and refugee resettlement.