Call-In Day

National Call In Day

TAKE ACTION: Join National Call-In Day (Tuesday, Mar 17th) to Commemorate Anniversary of The Refugee Act of 1980 and Urge Congress to Protect Refugees

Tuesday, March 17th marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Refugee Act of 1980. This landmark legislation formally created the U.S. resettlement program, declared that the policy of the United States is "to respond to the urgent needs of persons subject to persecution in their homelands," and created the first statutory basis for asylum. Congress enacted the bipartisan Refugee Act of 1980 to reflect U.S. leadership in refugee protection and resettlement.

However, amidst the worst refugee crisis in history with 25 million refugees globally, the Trump administration continues to slash refugee admissions, most recently cutting the annual refugee admissions for FY2020 by 80% to 18,000 - the lowest in history. Last year, the administration set a then-historically low goal of 30,000. For nearly four decades, the annual admissions goal has averaged 95,000 refugees since the inception of the U.S. Refugee Admission Program with the passage of the 1980 Refugee Act. On this anniversary, it is imperative that we make our voices heard to emphasize the spirit of the Refugee Act of 1980 and urge Congress to rebuild the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: 

Sample Script

I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and (as a person of faith) I urge you to protect refugees and rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Refugee Act of 1980 which formally created the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and created the first statutory basis for asylum. I call on you to act in the spirit of the Refugee Act of 1980 by holding the administration accountable to meeting this year’s 18,000 refugee admissions goal and urge them to commit to resettling 95,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2021. My community welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same."