March 01, 2021 9:31 AM

URGENT TAKE ACTION: Urge Biden Administration to Protect Refugees

URGENT TAKE ACTION: Urge Biden Administration to Protect Refugees

The Biden administration is expected to take executive action to increase refugee arrivals and begin restoring the resettlement program any day. This is particularly welcome news, in light of strong support for America as a beacon of hope, safety, and refuge — and the previous administration’s dismantling of the program by more than 80%. 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. Now, it is vital that President Biden sign the revised refugee admissions goal 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. Here are the top 2 ways to take action:

#1: CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Click here to send an email to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative! 
Please make sure you personalize the text below

Sample Script: 

I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and [as a person of faith / refugee] I urge you to protect refugees and tell the Biden administration to rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program by signing the revised refugee admissions goal for FY 2021 as soon as possible. As we face the worst refugee crisis in history, 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. The administration has already met with Congress to discuss its proposed refugee admissions goal of 62,500 for this year to meet the unprecedented crisis, and now the President must make it official. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to do the same."

#2: TAKE ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Share this message on social media by using the sample posts below!

Share your message with the administration by using these sample tweets. Make sure to tag @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, and @VP in your tweets.

  • President Biden, American communities are ready to welcome refugees with open arms. We need you to make it happen, please sign a revised admissions goal today! @POTUS @VP @WhiteHouse #RestoringWelcome #RefugeesWelcome [click to tweet]
  • [email protected] [As a person of faith/a refugee], I urge you to respect the sacred humanity of refugees and increase refugee admissions, restore resettlement program #BuildBackBetter @jakejsullivan @VP @WhiteHouse #RestoringWelcome
  • During the worst refugee crisis in history, it is vital @POTUS takes immediate action to rebuild and increase refugee admissions #BuildBackBetter #RestoringWelcome @jakejsullivan @VP @WhiteHouse [click to tweet] 

 

Facebook Posts:
Take a picture of yourself holding a refugees welcome sign and include the following text:

  • [As a person of faith/a refugee], I urge you to respect the sacred humanity of refugees and increase refugee admissions, restore resettlement program #BuildBackBetter [TAG] President Joe Biden] #RestoringWelcome
  • President Biden, American communities are ready to welcome refugees with open arms. We need you to make it happen, please sign a revised admissions goal today! @POTUS @VP @WhiteHouse #RestoringWelcome #RefugeesWelcome

You can tag official accounts on Facebook but typing the @ symbol before the person’s name. For example, to tag President Biden, simply type @JoeBiden and Facebook will populate the list of pages for you. Be sure to select the page with the blue check mark. 

Organizational Statements: Here is a list of statements made by RCUSA, resettlement agencies, and other partners:

Thank you for taking action, and please share this alert with your networks!