We can’t let that happen. As Christians and Americans, we must stand for the vulnerable and the voiceless.
World Relief Spokane is engaging in an advocacy campaign to encourage the President and our Congressional Representatives to set the refugee admissions limit at 75,000 people or more. The money to resettle that many refugees is already in the appropriations budget, so the government is prepared to welcome that many people if the President sets that number for admissions.
Here’s what you can do:
Call your Congressperson, both Senators and the President.
- For Spokane natives, that means Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (202-225-2006), Maria Cantwell (202-224-3441), Patty Murray (202-224-2621), and President Trump (202-456-1111).
- If you’re not a Spokane native, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representatives.
- If you’re nervous or not sure what to say, we have a short script below as well as some additional facts further down this post about refugees in America.
- Script for Congresspeople and Senators: “I’m [NAME], your constituent from [CITY/TOWN]. I strongly support refugee resettlement and am deeply concerned by reports that President Trump may set the refugee admissions goal for next year at less than 50,000. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2018.The money to take in 75,000 refugees is already in the Congressional budget. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and hospitality.”
- Script for the President: I’m [NAME] from [CITY/TOWN]. I strongly support refugee resettlement and am deeply concerned by reports that President Trump may set the refugee admissions goal for next year at less than 50,000. I urge the President to decide resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2018. The money to take in 75,000 refugees is already in the Congressional budget. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and hospitality.
- If this is your first time calling Congress or the President, thank you! Your support for refugees means the world to us and to them.
Write a letter to your Congressperson, both Senators and the President.
- Handwritten letters from real constituents matter. Our government represents us, and the time spent writing a letter reflects how much this matters to you.
- Use the same information from the calls, tell a personal story, or include some facts. Anything helps.
- Mail your letters to the addresses below.
U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
1314 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Maria Cantwell
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
President Donald J. Trump
The White House.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500.
Put your Twitter account to good use.
- Tweet at your representatives and tell them to publicly support a refugee admissions limit of 75,000 people.
- Retweet @WRSpokane and @WorldRelief as we call for a 75,000 person limit.
- Share articles, op-eds, and other important information with your followers
- Let us know you called or wrote letters. Direct message or tweet at us to tell us you called. We love hearing about your involvement.
Like and Share our Facebook posts.
- Kindly tell your friends and family to call in support of refugees.
- Share articles, photos, and videos encouraging friends to support refugees.
- Let us know you called! Send us a picture of your letter! We love hearing from you.
Before posting facts about refugee resettlement for your calls, we simply would like to say thank you for your support of World Relief and your support of refugees. Every call, letter, and tweet matters to the moms, dads, and kids around the world who need your help.
Refugee Resettlement Facts
Linked below are two helpful, factual articles about refugees. The first is about how refugees contribute to the U.S. economy. The second revolves around the refugee vetting process. Both links are followed by highlights from the articles.
- Refugees contribute to the American economy
- Refugees paid nearly $21 billion in taxes in 2015
- 13 percent of refugees start their own business, compared to 9 percent of native born citizens
- Refugees added $56 billion in spending power at American businesses in 2015
- 84 percent of refugees become American citizens
- Bringing Refugees to America is safe
- The Cato Institute’s research puts the annual risk of a refugee-committed terrorist killing on U.S. soil at 1 in 3.6 billion, which is about 1,000 times less likely than being killed by a lightning strike.
- We do know who these refugees are. They go through a multi-step process that generally lasts anywhere between 18 months to 3 years, and includes fingerprinting, biometrics, retina scans, and multiple interviews by different agencies, including the United Nations, State Department contractors, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- The refugee admission process is the most thorough of all entry processes into the U.S.