Stand with Refugees
Tell your Senators: Co-Sponsor the GRACE Act
In the midst of a historic global refugee crisis, the United States is at risk of abandoning its proud legacy as a safe haven to persecuted people. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey has proposed legislation to prevent this from happening and ensure the U.S. lives up to its bipartisan tradition of supporting refugees. The GRACE Act, also known as the “Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement Act” will set an annual refugee admissions floor of 95,000 -crucial to preserving the state of the modern refugee resettlement program in the U.S. Call your Senators and ask them to support the GRACE Act.
After setting the refugee admissions ceiling at just 30,000 refugees in FY19 – the lowest in modern history – the U.S. administration has only welcomed 14,854 refugees seven months into the fiscal year. At this rate, the administration will resettle only about 70% of the 30,000 goal - a goal which pales in comparison to the historic average commitment of 95,000 refugees annually.
Since the modern program began in 1980, refugees have been resettling in the U.S. and calling our communities their new homes. Fleeing war and persecution, refugees often arrive in the U.S. with few possessions but manage to successfully rebuild their lives - learning English, securing jobs, returning to school, and buying homes. They become our neighbors, coworkers and their children sit next to our own in school. Resettlement agencies provide a range of services for refugees, but they do not work alone. The GRACE Act recognizes not just the contributions of refugees, but the valuable support of Americans like you.
This is a chance for Senators to take a stand in support of refugee resettlement. The GRACE Act still needs co-sponsors. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Kamala Harris, Patrick Leahy, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Cory Booker, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley,Dick Durbin, and Patty Murray have already co-sponsored the GRACE Act. Every call made to your Senators will let them know that we stand with refugees and need their commitment to the refugee resettlement program as it is faces attack after attack from this administration. Join your fellow advocates in calling your Senators and urging them to support the GRACE Act.
We need you to act.
Calling is a crucial way to show your support. Here’s what to say:
Hello, my name is ____ and I am a constituent from ____. I am calling to ask the Senator to support the GRACE Act which establishes an annual minimum number of refugees who will be resettled in the U.S., because I believe we must uphold America’s legacy of welcoming refugees. Thank you.
Your call can make a difference. The Senate needs to know that our community of activists is dedicated to preserving the refugee resettlement program and protecting vulnerable people from persecution.