The Fate of the National Refugee Program is at Stake - Act Now

Usually, these emails are about the happenings of World Relief Sacramento—new programs we’re launching, upcoming events, and ways to get involved. This is not one of those emails. Based on recent events and projections about the US refugee program, we believe it is urgent that you know how you can speak up on behalf of those fleeing violence and persecution. Proverbs 31:8 tells us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

At this critical moment, we ask you to stand with the vulnerable and to advocate for their rights. Yesterday, the New York Times published an article regarding the future of the refugee program. Since the program’s inception in 1980 under President Reagan, the President issues a determination number or ceiling of how many refugees are allowed to enter the United States. Historically, our country has led the world in helping those who are fleeing persecution. After this past year, the Presidential Determination Number was already set at its lowest point in history at 45,000. As it stands, however, the actual number arriving this year will be around 20,000. Currently, the United States no longer leads the world in demonstrating its willingness to offer a safe haven to the vulnerable.

It is believed that the number for next year will come out very soon—possibly this week. The new Determination number is predicted to be AT MOST 25,000.

In a time when the number of global refugees is at a historic high of 25 million, the United States should be leading and increasing, not reducing the number of refugees welcome.

Speaking up DOES make a difference. As the stories of families separated at the U.S. southern border came out, people advocated on behalf of vulnerable children and families. The government listened and made policy changes that ultimately led to reunifications and the halting of separations. Your voice matters.

Realistically, the United States is ready, willing, and able to handle 75,000 refugees – significantly higher than the proposed number.

How you can advocate:

1. Encourage calls to the White House – 202-456-1111 with the message above

2. Call congressional representatives with the same message

3. Blast social media, or emails to your mailing lists to raise their voices to the WH, Congress (who must eventually be consulted), and on social media (hashtag suggestions: #Welcome75K #RefugeesWelcome #WithRefugees #WeWelcomeRefugees)

For the sake of the vulnerable,

Kerry Ham
Office Director