Tell Congress: Don't Close the Door on Syrian Refugees!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Following the tragic events in Paris, members of Congress have hastily introduced a deeply disturbing bill to close our nation's doors to Syrian refugees fleeing terrorism and persecution in their native land.
While many of our local New York electeds have rightly called this knee-jerk reaction "un-American,"Senator Chuck Schumer has folded to unfounded hysteria and fear-mongering pressures, and stated he thinks "a pause on refugees may be necessary."
The fact is refugees—including Syrians—undergo the most rigorous screening and security vetting of ANY category of traveler or immigrant to the United States. Instead of being terrorists, Syrian refugees are overwhelmingly families and children desperately fleeing from violent and chaotic forces in a war-torn country - the same kind of violence that struck Paris.
Over the past centuries, the United States has welcomed millions of refugees from all over the world. These refugees have not only been integrated, but have thrived - enriching our society, economy and communities. Now is no time to fall prey to hasty, knee-jerk reactions that feed on fear and intolerance.
Call Senator Schumer TODAY and ask him to retract his statement and to stay the course on the United States' humanitarian plans to allow Syrian refugees to go through the refugee resettlement process in the United States.
When you are connected you can say:
“My name is _____ and I support the Obama Administration plan to increase humane refugee resettlement for Syrian refugees. In 1980, the U.S. resettled more than 200,000 refugees, and the same is true today as it has been throughout history: people move to make life better for themselves and their families, and make our country stronger. America should welcome Syrian refugees, not close the door on them."
After you’ve called, click here to report back and tell us what Senator Schumer said.
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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.