The Syrian refugee crisis has now captured the attention of the entire international community. Over four million refugees have fled war-torn Syria with no permanent safety in sight. Due to the overwhelming refugee numbers, insufficient international support and political reticence, many refugees will encounter closed doors rather than the protection they so desperately seek. As a world leader in humanitarian relief and a nation of immigrants, the United States should open our doors and stand for welcome.
On September 10th, the White House indicated plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. during fiscal year 2016, which begins October 1st. This is simply not enough. In coordination with Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), LIRS is urging the United States government to increase the number of Syrian refugees resettled next fiscal year to 100,000. The United States has the capacity and our communities and congregations have the will to welcome Syrian refugees on this scale. With your support, America can open its arms to our Syrian brothers and sisters who cannot wait any longer for a new home and a new life.
We call upon you to urge President Obama to rise to the pressing need and offer the necessary humanitarian relief. Here are two simple ways you can stand in support:
- Visit the LIRS Action Center to send a message to President Obama urging his Administration to admit 100,000 refugees from Syria in fiscal year 2016.
- RSVP for RCUSA’s grassroots webinar, Friday, Sept. 18th at 12:00 pm EST to learn how the U.S. can offer welcome and protection to those seeking refuge and how you can help.
Speaking together, we can convince President Obama that Americans are ready to provide welcome and ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters from Syria. The United States has a proud tradition of leading the world in the number of refugees resettled each year, and during this time of crisis, we should not fall short. Raise your voice today in the spirit of welcome and compassion for refugees.
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