Right now, we have an opportunity to stop Congress from jeopardizing the lives of refugees, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. Congress is considering Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal that would significantly cut funds to serve refugees in the United States and abroad. The President’s budget would also unnecessarily balloon an already bloated immigration detention and deportation force, while further militarizing border communities.
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 to call your Congressman letting him know this is not who we are as a nation.
If you know your congressman and your four digit zip code extension here is their contact information:
Hank Johnson – 770 987 2291
John Lewis – 404 659 0116
Buddy Carter – 912 352 0101
Sanford Bishop – 229 439 8067
Drew Ferguson – 770 683 2033
Rob Woodall – 770 232 3005
Austin Scott – 229 396 5175
Doug Collins – 770 297 3388
Jody Hice – 478 457 0007
Barry Loudermilk – 770 429 1776
Rick Allen – 706 228 1980
David Scott – 770 210 5073
Tom Graves – 706 290 1776
Please call your Congressman and state…..
Please ask the Congressman to protect refugee assistance and resettlement from the cuts proposed in Trump’s budget request and to also reduce funding for detention, deportation and border militarization.
After calling please send an email to your Congressman (each name above links directly to the Congressman’s online email page) with the following (or a personal version of it) with the drop down menu topic “Federal Spending” or “Budget” 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.
123 Main Street
Atlanta, GA 31234
(Remember to change Your Name and address to your name.)