Take Action Today! Tell Congress to robustly fund refugee assistance and the U.S. resettlement program, and reduce funding for mass immigration detention, deportation, and border militarization.
As we face the largest recorded displacement crisis in global history, now is the time to live out our American values of compassion, hospitality, and welcome. Congress has the “power of the purse” and can protect funding to serve refugees and oppose funding a mass immigration detention and deportation force. Please take a moment today to urge Congress to oppose cuts to programs that support local communities and provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and vulnerable individuals abroad, while standing against increased funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization that tears families and communities apart.
The budget proposed by the White House last month we have already shown increases military and border wall spending tremendously but also deeply cuts the refugee program both at home and abroad.
At home the Office of Refugee Resettlement takes a 31% cut to programs for refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients and zeroes funding for the Refugee Health Promotion program. Additionally in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration is cut by up to 18% to $2.75 billion in the Migration and Refugee Assistance account including zero funding for the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Account. It also cuts $410 million from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, a decline to 2015 USRAP funding levels. Trump’s budget also and most damaging reduces refugee arrivals from 110,000 to 50,000 annually nationwide.
The budget battle begins now and will continue through the summer and quite possibly up to (and maybe beyond) the start of Fiscal Year 2018 on October 1. Congress’ response to the budget proposal so far seems to be quite tepid and Congress will have the ultimate say, so we need to be vocal over the next few months as we push back against a potential historically low refugee admissions level and these dramatic proposed spending cuts.
Please take a moment today to contact Senator Isakson to let him know this is not who we are as a nation.
Please call Senator Isakson at 770 661-0999 and state…..
Please ask the Senator to protect refugee assistance and resettlement from the cuts proposed in Trump’s budget and to reduce funding for detention, deportation and border militarization.
After calling please send an email to Senator Isakson with the following (or a personal version of it) with the drop down menu topic “Federal Spending” and the subject line “FY18 Budget”:
Please protect refugee assistance and resettlement from the cuts proposed in Trump’s budget request. Please also reduce funding for detention, deportation and border militarization, which only tear families and communities apart. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion, hospitality, and welcome.
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