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Toolkit for reaching out to your state and local elected leaders

Every September, the President sets the refugee admissions goal for the coming fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2020’s refugee admissions goal of 18,000 was the lowest in the history of the program, but the need for resettlement has never been greater, with an estimated 37,000 people displaced from their homes due to violence, persecution, or war each day.

Now is the time for state and local elected leaders to take a stand and urge the President to welcome refugees in the coming fiscal year. Reach out to your mayor, city council members, state legislators, and governors to ensure that the voices of state and local communities are heard!

Click here to find your state and local elected representative contact information.

Sample Email:

Dear [Title and Name],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to consider supporting and signing-on to this state and local elected leader letter which calls on the President to do more to help resettle refugees in the coming fiscal year. As my elected representative, your voice matters and the President needs to know: our community welcomes refugees and wants to help them.

We are facing the worst refugee crisis in history, with nearly 80 million displaced persons around the world, including 26 million refugees, half of whom are children. Close to 1.4 million refugees need to be resettled to safety, and yet the U.S. has cut our commitment to the lowest levels ever.

Our community can do more to help. By signing on to this letter, you are demonstrating  to the President, and the world, that our [CITY or STATE] stands with refugees.

To learn more about the letter or sign-on, please click here.  Thank you for considering this request.

Call Script:

Make sure you call your elected representatives to encourage them to sign-on. After identifying yourself as a constituent, tell the staffer that you would like to leave a brief message:

    •       I am calling to urge [Title/Name] to support refugees by signing onto a letter open to all state and local elected leaders across the country.
    •       The letter urges the President to welcome refugees in the coming fiscal year.
    •       Our community stands with refugees and has benefited from their contributions. We want to do more to help at a time of historic need.
    •       I urge you to demonstrate that our community stands with refugees at this time of historic need.
    •     I am happy to send an email with the link – which is welcomingrefugees2021.org – who can I send that to?

 Social Media:

Relevant hashtags:

    • #RefugeesWelcome2021
    • #RefugeesWelcome
    • #AmericaWelcomes
    • #WithRefugees

Sample tweet text:

(1) Refugees are essential to our communities and the fight against #COVID19. More than 300,000 refugees in the U.S. work in the healthcare sector or in food supply chain industries. Refugees need our help, and we need theirs. #RefugeesWelcome2021 welcomingrefugees2021.org

(2) The U.S. has historically been a global leader in the protection of refugees. @xxx, will you join hundreds of other local and state elected officials in asking @POTUS to restore this legacy of welcoming refugees? #RefugeesWelcome welcomingrefugees2021.org

(3) Last year, the President reduced refugee admissions to a historic low. @xxx, will you take action & urge the administration to welcome refugees this year? Sign this letter: welcomingrefugees2021.org #RefugeesWelcome 

(4) Last year, @POTUS reduced refugee admissions to a historic low and abandoned our longstanding leadership in refugee resettlement. @xxx, will you join hundreds of local and state elected officials and ask @POTUS to raise refugee admissions? Welcomingrefugees2021.org

(5) Our community #WelcomesRefugees. I am calling on @XXX to sign on to tell @POTUS that [name of city/state] is ready to do our part to welcome refugees in 2021:  welcomingrefugees2021.org

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