WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 17, 2015) — The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center says people across the United States are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and are volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities, a number of governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees.
Some members of Congress have even introduced legislation that would stop refugee resettlement altogether. It is critical that public officials hear from their constituents NOW as decisions are being made that will drastically impact the lives of Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in the United States.
This year marks the 40th year anniversary since the United States opened its doors to men, women and children from Southeast Asia seeking humanitarian protection from war-torn countries experiencing political persecution and economic oppression. More than 1.3 million refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam in need of safe haven were welcomed into the United States, and continue to grow and actively contribute to the country today. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) stands with our refugee brothers and sisters from Syria experiencing the same trauma, and strongly opposes the ongoing fear-mongering and hate that drives many of our policymakers to turn their backs on our humanitarian responsibility.
TAKE ACTION! Call your REPRESENTATIVE and SENATORS at (866) 961-4293
AND if you live in these states, call your GOVERNOR:
Alabama: (334) 242-7100
Arizona: (520) 628-6580, (602) 542-4331
Arkansas: (501) 682-2345
Florida: (850) 488-7146
Georgia: (404) 656-1776
Idaho: (208) 334-2100
Illinois: (217) 782-0244, (312) 814-2121
Indiana: (317) 569-0709
Iowa: (515) 281-5211
Kansas: (785) 296-3232
Louisiana: (225) 342-7015
Maine: (207) 287-3531, (855) 721-5203
Massachusetts: (617) 725-4005, (413) 784-1200, (202) 624-7713
Michigan: (517) 373-3400
New Hampshire: (603) 271-2121
New Jersey: (609) 292-6000
North Carolina: (919) 814-2000
Ohio: (614) 466-3555
Oklahoma: (405) 521-2342
South Carolina: (803) 734-2100
Texas: (800) 843-5789, (512) 463-1782
Wisconsin: (608) 266-1212
OR you can write to your representative, senators, or governor
by going to his or her Web site and using the e-mail or contact submission form
When you call/e-mail, mention that you are a constituent, that you want to help welcome Syrian refugees, and that you’re against the calls of some governors to reject Syrian refugees.
For example, “I’m a constituent from [city], and I support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. I urge the [Senator / Representative / Governor] to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian refugees because:
The US government handpicks the refugees who resettle here, and refugees are the most thoroughly vetted people to come to the United States.
All refugees who are resettled in the United States undergo rigorous security screenings by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense, and multiple intelligence agencies.
As evidenced by the mass resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees in the 1970s and 1980s, the United States can continue to welcome refugees while also continuing to ensure national security. We must do both.”
You can also tweet your members of Congress and your network:
.@REPRESENTATIVE, Our community is ready to welcome #Syrian #refugees. #RefugeesWelcome #AmericaWelcomes!
The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Find out more at www.searac.org.