The crisis of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the region and Africa is the most pressing refugee crisis since World War II; more than 11 million Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees who have been forced to flee their homes because of ongoing violence. This has contributed to a global situation in which more than 60 million people worldwide are displaced. The U.S. has increased the number of refugees it will accept from last year’s cap of 70,000 to 85,000 in 2016, and 100,000 in 2017. Sadly, those numbers are not enough to respond to this challenge. We must address this humanitarian crisis by opposing any effort to limit refugees of certain religious backgrounds or those from Syria.
Now is the time to increase the number of refugees welcomed by the U.S. and call on other countries to do the same.
Call your Member of Congress
- Click here to find your Representative
- Click here to find your Senator
- Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the office of your Member of Congress
- When you are connected with a staff member, tell them that you support welcoming refugees and use the talking points below to guide your conversation:
- My name is _____________, and as a Reform Jew from [City, State], I urge the Senator/Representative to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States
- I am concerned about the magnitude of the global refugee crisis, and especially the increased number of refugees from Syria
- As a Reform Jew, I am inspired by the words of the Torah that teach “You too must befriend the strangers, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19)
- Attempts to block refugee resettlement echo such dark moments in U.S. history as when our country turned away Jewish refugees fleeing the turmoil and violence of World War II
- We can ensure our security and fulfill our highest aspirations as a nation rooted in compassion and commitment to religious liberty
- The United States currently screens all refugees for 18-24 months prior to entry through a robust and extensive process that includes 13 levels of security
- I urge the Senator/Representative [Name] to support continued resettlement of refugees from across the world and the resettlement of an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees