On Friday, the Biden administration announced (and then hours later, backtracked) that it would retain Trump’s refugee admissions goal of 15,000–a cap that was historically low and that many of us mobilized against during that last Administration–despite their explicit promise to raise the goal to 62,500. After outcry about this on Friday, the White House issued a second statement that shared their plan to release a new admissions goal by May 15th. There is no reason for this delay and it leaves thousands of refugees and their families stuck in between the cracks of this system. A delay like this can throw off the entire process of finding a safer life, of resettlement and reunification with family.
The pressure from constituents triggered this reconsideration within 24 hours. Let’s keep up that pressure with partners around the country and tell the Biden Administration we want to see that admissions increase today–not wait for a vague promise to come true on May 15th. The White House and Members of Congress need to hear loud and clear: we welcome refugees here! Below are three ways you can support this effort, gathered by CWS and World Relief:
Call the White House: (202) 456-1111
Call Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: (509) 353-2374
Call Sen. Maria Cantwell: (509) 353-2507
Call Sen. Patty Murray: (509) 624-9515
Nervous to call? Here’s a great sample script from World Relief:
“Please hold President Biden accountable to his promises. We encourage him to sign a revised refugee Presidential Determination of 62,500 for this fiscal year. This is a promise he publicly made in February at the State Department to restore U.S. leadership on refugee protection. The U.S. refugee admissions program offers a glimmer of hope to some of the most vulnerable people around the world, and we must keep that glimmer of hope alive.
Many Americans throughout the country are eager to welcome these new neighbors into our communities. The President’s signature is needed to allow refugees, who have in many cases already been waiting for years or even decades, to finally find protection in the U.S. We urge you to take action immediately.”
Let’s lend our local voices to this important national issue and send an overwhelming message of support for refugees. If you’re published or hear back, please let us know so we can amplify your story!