December 4, 2015

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Welcome Refugees

In Washington, DC, politicians like to talk about the importance of defeating ISIS. Unfortunately, when it comes to helping the very people who are victims of ISIS and other violent groups, some U.S. governors, Members of Congress, and candidates want to make a bad situation even worse. The House of Representatives recently voted to stop our country from welcoming Syrian refugees who have fled the violence.

Now, it is likely that some Members of Congress will use the upcoming “omnibus” spending bill as a vehicle to try to prevent the U.S. from taking in the 10,000 refugees the U.S. has agreed to receive.

Please write to your Members of Congress and tell them that the United States should be a place of refuge for those fleeing torture and war.

In a Center for American Progress compilation of faith leader statements on the backlash against Syrian refugees, I recently wrote:

"Given the horrific context of death and torture that lurks behind each and every Syrian refugee, it is unimaginable, and a stain on the conscience and global reputation of this nation, that instead of welcoming these refugees to a safe haven with open arms, this U.S. Congress is invoking a false notion of security to slam the door on them."

Refugees already face an almost two-year long screening process before they are allowed to come to the United States. It is much harder to come to the U.S. via the refugee process than by almost any other means. Throwing up new barriers to these innocent victims of horrific violence is both cowardly and immoral. Please write to Congress now.

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