As you know Tuesday was internationally recognized World Refugee Day when the entire globe comes together to acknowledge “the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.” (UNHCR)
Despite having been given every opportunity and encouragement to do so Senator Isakson of Georgia unfortunately did not acknowledge World Refugee day by making a statement or recognize it in any way.
Please take a moment this morning to call Senator Isakson letting him know you are concerned about his lack of leadership in support of refugees.
Please call Senator Isakson at 770) 661-0999 and state…..My name is (Your Name) and I am calling from (Your City). Please let the Senator know I am disappointed in his lack of recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20. Please ask him to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 195 – A resolution recognizing June 20, 2017, as “World Refugee Day”. Thank you.
After calling please send an email to Senator Isakson with the following (or a personal version of it) with the drop down menu topic “Immigration” and the subject line “World Refugee Day”:
We were disappointed to learn of your failure to personally recognize World Refugee Day on Tuesday June 20, 2017. Thankfully 26 other members of the U.S. Senate took leadership in recognizing the role of refugees in our nation and communities by co-sponsoring S.Res.195 – A resolution recognizing June 20, 2017, as “World Refugee Day”. Joining the Senate, 54 members of the House also introduced H.Res.395 – Reaffirming the leadership of the United States in promoting the safety, health, and well-being of refugees and displaced persons. We applaud their support of the refugee community in Georgia and their backing of continued refugee resettlement and hospitality to those fleeing persecution.
Soon, President Trump will have the opportunity to decide how many refugees can enter the United States in 2018. Early indications are that this could be as low as 50,000 people – less than half the number that was previously approved. A reduction of this scale would have devastating consequences for tens of thousands of families who have fled war and merciless persecution.
The refugee resettlement program has historically received broad bipartisan support and is a shining example of American values of generosity and welcome. Communities around the country continue to stand up for this proud tradition. Like many of our ancestors, refugees come to the United States with nothing but their dignity, hope and determination.
In light of today’s unfortunate and unwelcoming rhetoric targeting refugees and immigrants, the need for leaders like yourself supporting our work is more important than ever.
(Remember to change Your Name to your name.)