1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

The Senate Must Protect Refugee Admissions

By Hannah Graf Evans, August 8, 2018

Recently, the New York Times reported that the White House is planning to resettle only 25,000 refugees— or fewer— next year. This would be the lowest number of refugees admitted since the program started in 1980. It is a serious abdication of our shared responsibility to protect vulnerable people and welcome those seeking refuge.

Our country can and must welcome more refugees. Will you ask your senators to weigh in?

Communities across the country are ready and willing to resettle at least 75,000 in fiscal year 2019. But last year, the White House set the goal at 45,000— the lowest in the resettlement program’s history. Due to a series of refugee bans and increases in bureaucratic barriers, our nation has not been able to resettle even half that number.

Please call your senators today and ask them to demand a robust consultation process and urge the administration to resettle at least 75,000 refugees next year.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.