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October 24, 2017 UPDATE

Thursday, October 26th there will be a House Judiciary Committee Hearing – on refugee resettlement with a government panel to discuss refugee resettlement program.

 

 

How you can help

On Thursday, October 26 there will be a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on refugee resettlement:

Take a look at this action alert by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition 

RCUSA (Refugee Council USA) is launching a refugee tracker & report card as a publicly visual way to hold the administration accountable and encouraging them to reach 45,000 as a goal. We will post this link soon! 

Call your representatives to share your support for refugees and newcomers. A sample script can be found below.

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For a complete timeline of the Travel and Refugee Ban, please take a look at this resource from our partners at HIAS.

The latest ruling by the Supreme Court stayed the part of the Hawaii District Court’s July 13 ruling that determined that an assurance, by itself, is enough to establish that a refugee has a bona fide relationship (BFR) with an entity in the U.S. and is therefore exempt from the Executive Order suspending the refugee program.

This means that a resettlement agency is not being currently recognized as a bona fide entity, and refugees will not be arriving during the 120-day suspension.

The ruling lets stand the expansion of the definition of “close familial relationship” which includes: grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and first cousins of persons in the United States, in addition to a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, fiancé, fiancée, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling (whether whole or half), including step relationships.

This means that refugees with a close familial relationship of the above, will be granted entrance to the US through the resettlement program.

We are saddened by this news, because we deeply understand what this translates to for refugees awaiting resettlement. A ‘pause’ to the resettlement process becomes years of further waiting and risk.

We need your voice of welcome to be louder than ever, right now. We are a nation of welcome and acceptance, and none other.

Please continue to call your representatives to state that you support a continuation of the United States Refugee program and that you DO NOT support a pause in refugee resettlement. For more details, see below.

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS TODAY!
President Trump: (866) 961-4293
Your Senators and Representatives: (202) 224-3121*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to President Trump’s announcements to stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; pause the refugee resettlement program entirely; preference religious minorities; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome. This discriminatory announcement is morally reprehensible, runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. I urge you to do everything in your power to see this announcement reversed.”

Please also share a personal story about why refugee resettlement is important to you, your community, etc. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.

Resources:
RCUSA refugee 101 backgrounder
RCUSA background on the security screening process
Refugee Resettlement State Profiles
Letters and articles, national and state-by-state, demonstrating welcome for refugees
Letter from former Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security
Letter to Congress from 20 Former National Security Officials
Letter from 2,000 faith leaders affirming welcome for refugees of all religions
Quotes from faith leaders in opposition to refugee executive order
In-Process stories of refugees impacted

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