The U.S. has a proud history of protecting people who have fled violence and persecution in their homelands. In fact, we resettle more refugees than all other countries combined. In HIAS' 130 year history, we have seen that when refugees can rebuild their lives, they contribute economically, artistically, and culturally to their communities and our nation.
Unfortunately, the U.S. resettlement system is currently underfunded and accepts half the refugees it did 20 years ago. Please join us in calling on President Obama to increase federal funding to help more refugees resettle in the United States.
Some of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II have forced more than 16 million people to become refugees, fleeing conflict in places like Syria, Sudan, and Central America. Only a lucky few will ever be resettled.
At HIAS, we are guided by Jewish values to ensure the protection of refugees and to welcome the stranger. We believe that, as a global humanitarian leader, the United States can and should do more to resettle the most vulnerable refugees and encourage other countries to follow.
Please call on President Obama to increase the number of refugees resettled annually in the United States.
Dear President Obama,
We, the undersigned individuals, urge you to increase the number of refugees resettled annually in the United States. Our country has a proud history of protecting refugees who have fled their home countries and seek safety in the United States. Refugees have enriched communities across the country since our nation's founding and to this day contribute greatly to our nation's success.
Some of the worst humanitarian crises since World War II have forced millions of people to leave their homelands. There are more than 16 million refugees around the world who have fled global trouble spots like Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Central African Republic, and Colombia. Furthermore, tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are fleeing violence in the “Northern Triangle” of Central America -- El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras -- and seeking safety in the United States. Some of these children are refugees and should be given safe haven in the U.S.
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We are guided by our Jewish values and historical experiences of persecution and flight to protect refugees and welcome the stranger. We believe that, as a global humanitarian leader, the United States must strengthen its capacity to resettle more refugees and continue to set an example for other countries to follow.
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