On this July 4 weekend, tens of thousands of refugees given permission to enter our country and share our freedoms are threatened with having critical support services suspended, becoming collateral damage of the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors arriving at our border. 

On June 20, the US Office of Refugee Resettlement announced plans to shift $94 million away from services for screened and approved refugees in order to aid unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the US border.  Those cuts will take place on July 5, if Congress permits. These cuts will reduce refugee services in job placement and training, English lessons, interpretative services, transportation, and access to health services.  

Congress must both honor our nation’s commitments to approved refugees – many of whom have helped our troops overseas -- and make an emergency supplemental appropriation of $200M to address the UIC humanitarian crisis before July 5th to adequately address their needs and prevent refugee funding from being gutted.   Both are crises impacting some of the most vulnerable children and families on our planet.

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We need your help. Please contact your congressional representative to let them know you are against the action planned by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Feel free to us use this script:

I am calling to let you know that I am against the action planned by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to reprogram funds from their FY 2014 budget already allocated to assist legally admitted refugees in the US in order to handle the influx of Unaccompanied Children from Central America. We can both serve these children AND maintain our commitment to previously admitted families, most of whom we have granted asylum in the U.S. after they've spent years, if not decades, in refugee camps around the world while securing clearance to start a new life in our country.

Congress must make an emergency supplemental appropriation of $200M to address the UIC humanitarian crisis before July 5th to adequately address their needs and prevent refugee funding from being gutted. 

 

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