We Welcome Refugees

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
Deuteronomy 10:18-19

There has been a lot of talk and a lot of anger about refugees lately. Even though they go through the most rigorous process of any immigrant group and commit crimes in lower rates than Americans, fear has still led to a harmful executive order. Likely, groups like the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies are speaking out, and you can, too, with this hepful guide:

There are five simple steps you can take right now to help show your support for refugees

1) Tweet at President Trump: Use @POTUS and/or @realDonaldTrump – see below for sample tweets. President Trump has shown himself to be much more responsive to Tweets than most leaders.

2) Send the White House a Message: You can do so through the White House website here or through their Facebook page right here. Scroll down for a sample message you can use.

3) Call the White House Comment Line: It is still operational, despite some articles to the contrary. You can call 202-456-1111. Scroll down for a sample message. At times, you may get a busy signal or the line may be shut down all together. We suggest trying again at a later time, or using a different contact method.

4) Sign the Petition: Our national partners have organized an online petition and are urging others to sign on. You can find that petition here.

5) Call Your Congressmen: Ask them to stand up for the refugee program and tell President Trump to continue refugee arrivals. See below for how to reach your Congressmen.

a) .@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Don’t stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values #RefugeesWelcome
b) .@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support #RefugeesWelcome
c) .@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS People of faith OPPOSE a religious litmus test for refugees bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees
hias.org/1500rabbis #RefugeesWelcome
d) .@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Denying Muslim refugees safety is an affront to religious liberty #RefugeesWelcome
bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees hias.org/1500rabbis.
e) .@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS More than 800 faith leaders are opposed to any policy that would keep Muslim refugees from seeking safety: bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees

Facebook or Email Message to President Trump:

‘President Trump, We are hearing that you will stop refugee resettlement based on someone’s nationality or religion. I am strongly opposed to any policy change that would deny access to refugees based on their religion or nationality. Please reject such ideas, as a religious litmus test for safety is an affront to religious liberty. I urge you to welcome refugees and support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is a core American legacy that extends hospitality and offers a chance for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. My community welcomes refugees and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement in the United States.’

To find your senator, go to the US Senate website. To find your representative, go to the US House web site and enter your zip code. You may need to add your plus four

“I’m your constituent from [City], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to the announcement expected from President Trump that would reduce refugee admissions, stop resettling refugees from certain countries, and give preference to religious minorities. This discriminatory announcement runs counter to who we are as a nation, and does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. Please urge President Trump to abandon this plan and do everything in your power to stop this announcement.”


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