Contact Rep Doug Collins (GA-09) to Support 95,000 Refugee Resettlements in FY2020

This is the body of an action alert from Church World Service passed on to me via e-mail by Janine Walsh, the Communications Coordinator of the Franciscan Action Network.

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.”

Don’t forget to tweet at Representative Doug Collins: @RepDougCollins

  • .@RepDougCollins: America must remain a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in FY 2020. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • .@RepDougCollins: Refugee resettlement is a core American legacy that allows people to rebuild their lives. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k
  • .@RepDougCollins: Thousands of refugee families are being torn apart because America has closed its doors to them. Please show your support for refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k

In solidarity,

Meredith Owen
Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy
Immigration and Refugee Program
Church World Service

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