Jesuit Refugee Service, Interfaith Coalition Oppose Plans to Halt Refugee Resettlement
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA strongly opposes the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the resettlement of refugees to the United States, to reduce the number of refugees admitted annually, and to ban resettlement of certain nationalities.
Please join JRS in sending a message to the President that you support our tradition of providing life-saving refuge to the most vulnerable displaced people, in accordance with our most cherished American values.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN IMMEDIATELY
1. Tweet to @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS sample are below. (Please feel free to personalize)
.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Don't stop welcoming #refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values #RefugeesWelcome
.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Keep America welcoming. #Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support #RefugeesWelcome
Here are some sample messages you might consider using:
President Trump, we have learned that you may soon stop refugee resettlement based on a person’s nationality or religion. As people of faith, we are STRONGLY opposed to any policy change that would deny access to refugees based on their religion or nationality. Please reject such ideas, as a religious litmus test for safety is an affront to religious liberty.
As Catholics who work to welcome refugees every day, we oppose any plan to reduce refugee admissions and to prevent Muslim refugees from being resettled in the United States. We urge you to allow the U.S. refugee program to continue to resettle refugees who need our protection regardless of where they come from or how they pray. Please exercise your leadership to ensure that the U.S. remains a beacon of hope for all those who are persecuted who seek peace, safety and freedom. bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees
The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has been and should remain open to those of any religious tradition who face persecution on account of the reasons enumerated under U.S. law. We oppose any proposal that would prevent Syrian refugees or individuals who practice Islam and other faiths from accessing the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Proposals that would have the U.S. State Department disqualify refugees from protection based on their nationality or religion fly in the face of the very principles this nation was built upon, contradict the legacy of leadership our country has historically demonstrated, and dishonor our shared humanity. bit.ly/FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees
Thank you for your help and support at this critical moment!
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