We offer the example letter to a congressman requesting them to speak out against a temporary freeze on the US refugee resettlement program as proposed by the President this month. I encourage you to call or write your senators and representative to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.
Dear Representative _________,
As my representative in Congress, I want to express my deep concern regarding President Trump's stated plan to temporarily freeze refugee resettlement and to further complicate the refugee resettlement application process.
By freezing the resettlement process, even temporarily, we are irresponsibly choosing to further burden the developing nations that host 86% of the world's refugee population. Slowing an already slow refugee resettlement system will motivate more desperate people to take dangerous journeys and try to enter countries as asylum-seekers.
It is irresponsible and inhumane on the part of the US to abandon developing nations to carry this burden alone. The America I believe in is a leader - especially when it comes to human rights. I encourage you to give your voice to congress - calling our country to leadership in regards to the global issue of forced displacement that is a defining force of the 21st century.
Please also note that the existing US vetting process related to refugee resettlement is the most thorough in the world. It already takes most refugees at least 2 years to go through the process. It already includes the involvement of key US security agencies.
The average time of forced displacement today is over 17 years. To further complicate the refugee resettlement system is to slow it down and thereby leave desperate people in terrible and uncertain conditions for even longer. History will judge us harshly if this global power acts in fear of the most vulnerable people on the planet.
Please lend your voice and influence to call our country to be a global leader when it comes to respecting universal human rights and finding solutions for the world's forcibly displaced people. Please take a stand against a temporary freeze in US refugee resettlement.
Thank you for your leadership and for your commitment to seek the best for the US and our great state.
Your Name, city and state