Tell U.S. Congress: Protect Refugees

Five people stand in front of an office door. Four of them are holding folders. Behind them are two flags and a plaque that reads, "Senator James Lankford, Oklahoma."

Throughout Scripture, we read stories of refugees finding welcome in new lands. Jesus began his life fleeing persecution as a refugee in Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-18) As United Methodists, we are called “provide wherever possible pastoral care and crisis intervention to refugees.” (Book of Resolutions, 3281)

Since 2017, the Trump Administration has reduced the U.S. refugee resettlement program by 75 percent. For almost forty years, the average annual resettlement goal has been 95,000 refugees, but in 2019, the admissions goal was reduced to a record-low 30,000 refugees.

In 2020, a ceiling of 18,000 has been set, effectively gutting refugee resettlement. The president also signed an executive order that clears the way for state and local governments to block refugees from their communities.

At a time when refugees are coming to the U.S. seeking safety and security, this action is unconscionable and contrary to our faith. The Bible calls us to “show hospitality to strangers,” particularly those in need (Lev. 19:33-34; Matt. 25:35; Heb. 13:2).

Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you why refugee resettlement in the U.S. is important as a matter of justice.