Episcopal Church of NH: Response to Proposed Immigration Limits

September 28, 2018
A Call to Action:
As you may know, the Administration has set the refugee admissions goal for the next fiscal year at 30,000 – the lowest level in U. S. history.  This will leave thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.
Here is a  rapid response toolkit from Church World Service, encouraging interested people to take action on this.
“Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees.  As people who care about refugees, we can make our voices heard  and ask that to set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. Congress can and legally must weigh in on this issue.

Here are the top five ways to take action:
  1. Call Your Senators & Representative Today: Click here to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative. Here is an example of what to say: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.
  2. Share on Social Media: 
  3. Host a Press Conference or Vigil in Your Community: Consider inviting refugee leaders to tell their stories, faith leaders, business leaders and local elected officials. Invite the media to show a strong message of support to welcome refugees.  Click here for the #Welcome75k toolkit which has sample media advisories and steps to host a public witness event.
  4. Write an Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed) or Letter to the Editor (LTE): A well-placed piece in local media outlets has the power to influence decision makers. Click here for a #Welcome75K Toolkit for sample op-ed’s & LTEs.
  5. Share Within  this Toolkit and the #Welcome75k Toolkit widely within your networks:  Reach out to your family, friends and people within your network and urge them to take action and circulate these resources.
Church World Service’s statement is available here . For more information, please visit: https://greateras1.org/act/ “
Episcopal Migration Ministries also has information on how to advocate on their website and offer the Love God, Love Neighbor workshop (training for refugee advocacy) around the country https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/
Thanks so much for sharing this information with your parish.
The Rev. Canon Gail Avery
Canon for Transition and Community Engagement
The Rev. Johanna Young, Deacon
Ascentria, Services for New Americans