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Protect Refugees & Build Back the Resettlement Program

Dear JFI Members,

The Trump Administration is currently preparing to set the goal for the number of refugees that will be allowed to be admitted to the United States for the coming fiscal year (FY). This process is called the “Presidential Determination” (PD). Before setting the new refugee Presidential Determination, the President is required by federal law to consult with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Nearly two hundred organizations, including USCCB and many JFI member organizations, already sent a letter to President Trump urging him to build back the U.S. resettlement program by setting a goal of 95,000 refugees.

Also, USCCB and Catholic and Evangelical organizations sent a letter to Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo to encourage building back the resettlement program, raising particular concerns about resettlement needs of refugees fleeing religious persecution.

But more needs to be done.
As Catholics, we recognize the inherent dignity of each person, and hear the call of Jesus, who was part of a refugee family, to welcome immigrants and refugees. Refugees contribute greatly to the United States in ordinary times and have continued to contribute as essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis, including 176,000 refugees serving in the healthcare field and 175,000 laboring as part of the food supply chain. Resettlement will continue to be done safely as all refugees must and do undergo medical checks for COVID-like symptoms prior to entering the United States and are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

We invite JFI members to join in the following additional advocacy effort on the PD:

Join us by urging your Members of Congress to promote refugee resettlement and ensure the President allow refugees to be resettled in the United States. Ask your elected official to meaningfully engage to urge the Trump Administration:

  • to consult with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees regarding the refugee admissions goal for 2021 before September 30th, and
  • to build back the refugee resettlement program by setting the goal at the historic average of 95,000 refugees allowed to be admitted this year.
Join us by contacting your Members of Congress to ensure the Trump Administration honors its legal obligation to meaningfully consult with Congress about this year’s refugee admissions level before September 30th and to build back the refugee resettlement program by setting the goal at the historic average of 95,000 refugees allowed to be admitted this year.

Ask your Members to urge the Administration to build back the refugee resettlement program by setting the goal at the historic average of 95,000 refugees allowed to be admitted this year.
Click here to send the following message to your Senators:

Dear Senator/Representative, 

As a member of the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) coalition of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as your constituent, I urge you to ensure that the Trump Administration meaningfully consults with Congress before September 30, 2020, about the annual refugee admission goal for FY 2021. I also ask you to urge the Administration to build back annual refugee admissions to the historic average of 95,000 refugees admitted per year.

The Catholic Church strongly supports welcoming refugees and the rebuilding of the refugee resettlement program. Refugees contribute greatly to our communities, particularly in the time of COVID-19, where 176,000 refugees work in the health care sector and 175,000 refugees in the food supply chain. They are valuable members of our communities.

Thank for your consideration.

After you call and Tweet at your Members of Congress, call and Tweet at these Congressional Leaders who will be leading the annual refugee consultations with the Trump Administration:

  • Sen. Graham (R-SC), Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-5972 / @LindseyGrahamSC 
  • Sen. Cornyn (R-TX), Chair, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2934 / @JohnCornyn 
  • Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-3841 / @SenFeinstein
  • Senator Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member, Senate Immigration Subcommittee: 202-224-2152 / @SenatorDurbin
  • Rep. Nadler (NY-10), Chair, House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-5635 / @RepJerryNadler
  • Rep. Lofgren (CA-19), Chair, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-3072 / @RepZoeLofgren 
  • Rep. Jordan (OH-04), Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee: (202) 225-2676 / @Jim_Jordan
  • Rep. Buck (CO-04), Ranking Member, House Immigration Subcommittee: 202-225-4676 / @RepKenBuck 

    *To find out if your Senator and/or Representative is also on the Senate or House Judiciary Committee, go to www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members and https://judiciary.house.gov/about/members.htm
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