|Right now, the administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for Fiscal Year 2020, and some administration officials have proposed resettling zero refugees next year. This would decimate the bipartisan refugee resettlement program and follows FY19’s historically low goal of 30,000. The administration has already been dismantling the refugee resettlement program and is planning to grant authority to states and localities to deny refugee resettlement in their communities, undermining U.S. law and violating our nation’s commitment to welcome the most vulnerable refugees.
By law, the administration must consult with Congress by the end of September, prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard. It is critical that Representative Doug Collins, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is in charge of consulting with the administration, weighs in directly with the administration and hears us strongly condemn a low admissions goal and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in FY20.
Call Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09): 202-225-9893
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY, GA], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program from another drastic cut by the administration. The administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means that as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY20. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.”
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