Every single day, families worldwide are forced to leave their homes in search of safety and a better life elsewhere. Of the more than 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced, more than 25 million are refugees. Fleeing conflict, violence, and persecution, many escape with nothing but the clothes they are wearing and put their hopes and dreams in the US.
Every September, the President announces the target number of refugees to be resettled in the US over the next year via a formal Presidential Determination. In the final year of the Obama administration, the US resettled 84,995 refugees, well short of our nation’s “fair share” of the global crisis but in-line with historical averages. Since 2017, the US has turned its back on refugees, resettling just 22,491 people in the last fiscal year and the Trump administration just announced it will resettle a dismal 18,000 in the next fiscal year.
The next President, whoever they are, will have immense power over the decision of resettling refugees, yet most candidates have been vague about how many people they plan to help and protect. That is why it is imperative that each candidate take a clear stance on their policy toward refugees now.
Join us and demand that every Presidential candidate pledges to restore America’s status as a beacon of hope for the most vulnerable and commits to resettle at least 125,000 refugees in their first Presidential Determination in 2021.
Now is not the time to close our hearts, minds, and borders to the most vulnerable among us. Welcoming and protecting those in need of refuge is a fundamental part of our national story. Turning our back on the oppressed means forsaking our core values and what it means to be American.
Sign your name now and stand up for refugees and their families—join us!
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