Raise the Ceiling for Refugees: Contact Your Members of Congress

Write and call your representatives in Congress; ask them to urge the President to increase the ceiling for refugee acceptance from 45,000 to 75,000 in 2019.

   

   

Each October the President announces how many refugees can be resettled in the U.S., and there are reports he may set that limit even lower than its current abysmal level.  While the world is experiencing the greatest refugee crisis in written history with 22.5 million displaced people, this administration is moving  to reduce the number accepted here, not just by setting low ceilings but also by slowing the resettlement process.  It is projected that fewer than half of the 2018 limit will actually be resettled in the U.S.

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) has provided a sample letter and talking points.  You can learn more about the refugee crisis and U.S. policy from a background papers prepared by the International Rescue Committee and the Refugee Council U.S.A.

Make some calls!

  • Identify yourself and where you live
  • We are facing the worst refugee crisis in recorded history. There are over 22 million refugees, over half of whom are children.
  • The Administration’s goal of accepting 45,000 in 2018 was the lowest in the 38-year history of the U.S. refugee resettlement program, and fewer than half that number have actually been admitted.
  • Please use your influence to urge the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in FY19 and to allocate sufficient resources so that this goal can be attained.

U. S. SENATORS

Senator Benjamin Cardin
D.C. office: 202.224.4524
Rockville office: (301) 762-2974
email Sen. Cardin 
website


Senator Chris Van Hollen
D.C. office: 202.224.4654
Rockville office: (301) 545-1500
email Sen. Van Hollen 
website


U.S. REPRESENTATIVES

Representative John Delaney (district 6)
D.C. office: 202.225.2721
Gaithersburg office: 301-926-0300
email Rep. Delaney

Representative Jamie. Raskin (district 8)
D.C. office: 202.225.5341
Rockville office: 301-354-1000
email Rep. Raskin website

Representative Paul Sarbanes (district 3)
D.C. office: 202.225.4016
Burtonsville office: (301) 421-4078
email Rep. Sarbaneswebsite

Not sure who your representative is? Click here and enter your zip code at the top of the page where it says, “Find your Representative”.

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