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Texans - Tell Governor Abbott to Reverse His Cruel Decision to End Refugee Resettlement
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Texans, we need your help! As a constituent of the great state of Texas, which has a long and proud tradition of resettling refugees, your voice matters. But that legacy of compassion and welcome is in grave danger. Can we count on you to take action?

On Friday, January 10th, Governor Abbott announced his decision to end refugee resettlement in Texas this fiscal year, a cruel and immoral decision that shocks the conscience and is an absolute abdication of Texan values to welcome the most vulnerable. It is also a loss to Texan communities which have experienced the blessings and contributions refugees have brought to the state.

Governor Abbott’s decision was spurred by the President’s executive order that permits states and localities to block resettlement in their communities. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service believes the executive order is illegal and is currently challenging it in court, but until there is a ruling, Governor Abbott’s decision to block refugee resettlement will stand. It is critical to call Governor Abbott TODAY and urge him to reverse his decision.

Call Governor Abbott at (512) 463-2000 and leave a voicemail after the tone.

Phone script:

“Hello, I’m a Texas resident and [as a person of faith] am calling to express my disappointment in Governor Abbott's decision to stop refugee resettlement in the state of Texas. This decision is devastating for refugee families who are waiting to be reunited and to our congregations who will not be able to live out their faith calling of welcoming the stranger. Faith leaders, employers, and elected officials have all noted that ending resettlement will devastate communities who rely on the workforce and economic contributions of newcomers as well. My community [and congregation] supports refugee resettlement. I urge you to reverse this short-sighted decision. Thank you.”

Need more inspiration? Read our latest Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle: 

Learn more ways to help refugees: www.lirs.org

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