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Stand With Refugee Neighbors This Summer

By Rebecca Harris, Yasmine Taeb, July 26, 2017

To support you in your advocacy, we have compiled a set of resources to help you post about refugee issues on social media, write letters to your local paper, and tell your members of Congress that our communities welcome people in need.

Refugee programs are under threat. Before the end of the summer, some members of Congress would like to see funding for U.S. refugee resettlement programs cut by 39%. Since taking office, President Trump has also proposed drastic funding cuts to refugee assistance programs and threatened the future of refugee resettlement in the United States. Meanwhile, the world stands in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in modern history. This year, more than any year before, we are called to stand up for our refugee neighbors.

Below you will find materials to help you advocate for refugees throughout the summer. What will you do to support refugees this month?

Advocacy Resources

Call Your Members of Congress

FCNL has put together a short call script to make it easy to call up your members of Congress and tell them that American communities welcome refugees.

Support Refugees

Take Action This Month to Protect Refugee Programs

Call Congress

Social Media Tools

Refugee advocates and supporters commonly use the Twitter hashtags #RefugeesWelcome, #WithRefugees, and #GreaterAs1. Advocates also use the hashtag #NoBanNoWallNoRaids to express their opposition to President Trump's Muslim and refugee ban, border wall, and deportation campaign.

Not sure what to tweet or post on Facebook? Here are some ideas:

  • Snap a few photos at a pro-refugee event and share them online.
  • Are your members of Congress already great on refugee issues? Thank them for their support and share quotes from their remarks on this topic.
  • Search for the hashtags #RefugeesWelcome, #WithRefugees, and #GreaterAs1, then retweet what you find.
  • The Stand With Refugees Campaign has created sharable images designed for Twitter, Facebook, and email.

Take your advocacy to the next level

Lobby Congress or write your local paper

To support you in your advocacy, FCNL has created "leave-behinds" you can use during constituent lobby visits on refugee issues. Never gone on a lobby visit before? FCNL has resources to help you take the plunge.

Refugee Council USA has also prepared a detailed toolkit for constituents and community leaders in honor of World Refugee Day in June. It includes sample letters to send to elected officials, a guide to planning pro-refugee lobby visits, instructions for writing op-eds, and other resources.

Learn more about refugee issues

Conference Call Update

Rebecca Harris

  • Program Assistant for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Rebecca Harris works closely with Legislative Representative Yasmine Taeb on issues including the Syrian refugee situation, the United States’ “War on Terror,” military use of lethal drones, and the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. As Program Assistant, she conducts research, meets with congressional staff, and drafts letters and other materials.

Yasmine Taeb

  • Legislative Director for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.