URGENT TAKE ACTION: Urge Biden Administration to Protect Refugees

Over a month ago, President Joe Biden promised to expand refugee protection in the United States, and issued a revised FY21 admissions goal, raising the number of refugees to be welcomed to the United States from 15,000 to 62,500. The Biden administration has already proposed, and met with Congress to discuss increasing the refugee admissions goal for this year to 62,500 to meet the unprecedented and ever evolving refugee crisis. To date, President Biden still has not made the change official, resulting in 700+ flights being cancelled and the indefinite suspension of travel for hundreds of additional refugees who do not fit into the previous administration’s harmfully restrictive allocation categories. 

It is vital that President Biden sign the revised refugee admissions goal of 62,500 for FY21 as soon as possible. Each day that passes without this signed executive action is another day that hundreds of particularly vulnerable refugees are forced to wait to be resettled.

We need your help to make sure that President Biden immediately increases the FY21 refugee admissions goal and restores regional allocations based on vulnerability. Urge the Biden administration TODAY to immediately restore U.S. moral leadership in refugee protection and resettlement.

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Sample Script: I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump set a new historically-low refugee admissions goal at 15,000 for FY 2021 that also harmfully restricts refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin. This means that even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled. Congress must act. 

I urge you to issue public statements urging the administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in 2021 and condemn the administration’s dismantling of the resettlement program. Hold the administration accountable to rebuild the resettlement program to historic norms and expand the categories of refugee admissions to include all other refugees. 

Our country can – and should – safely resettle more refugees and reunite more families. Refugees contribute to this country in many ways in ordinary times, and have continued to show up for their new communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Many refugees are working on the frontlines, including 176,000 serving as healthcare workers and 175,000 working in the food supply chain. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."