Updated: Critical Time to Call Your Senators

NOW is the time for you to tell your Senator’s office that as a constituent, you OPPOSE legislation that would stop or halt the resettlement of Syrian and/or Iraqi refugees.

Call or Email:

You can reach out to:

Senator David Perdue at (202) 224-3521 (email: www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email) and

Senator Johnny Isakson at (202) 224-3643 (email: www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me).

What’s Happening:

In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, The SAFE Act, which adds more layers to the already thorough vetting process for refugees and specifically targets Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  On Wednesday, January 20th, the Senate is set to take up a vote on the SAFE Act. That means that your Senators need to hear from you RIGHT NOW as decisions are being made on the SAFE Act and other bills targeting Syrian refugees. Now is the time to reach out to your Senators to let them know you support Syrian resettlement to the United States.

A Simple Sample:

Never called before? Not sure what to say? Here’s a very simple example you can use when you call.

“Hi. My name is [NAME], I’m a constituent from [City] and I support Syrian refugees. I am opposed to any proposal that would stop or halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees, specifically the SAFE Act. I urge the Senator to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Thank you for your time.”

Here are some additional points you may want to add when you call:

  • The U.S. government handpicks the refugees who resettle here, and the U.S. resettlement process has the most rigorous screening process in the world.
  • Neglecting refugees based on their ethnicity or religion is contrary to the beliefs and values of not only the refugee program itself, but our country as a whole.
  • Continuing refugee resettlement while maintaining national security is not an either/or situation. The United States can continue to welcome refugees while also continuing to ensure national security. We can and must do both.
  • You can also share your personal story of working with or seeing success in the refugee community in Georgia.

Continue to Spread the Word:

After you contact your senators, you can also follow up on social media, to help spread your message of support.

Isakson:  On Facebook and on Twitter

Perdue:  On Facebook  and on Twitter

 

After you reach out to your Senators, Representatives and/or Governor Deal, be sure to let us know! Send an email to Communications and Policy Coordinator Stephanie Jackson Ali – s.ali@newamericanpathways.org to let us know you’ve made contact. If you get any follow up or have any problems reach out, please let Stephanie know. 

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