With support from the White House, a bill quite hostile to refugees has been introduced in the United States Senate. The “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy” (RAISE) Act, would, if passed, permanently cap annual refugee admissions, as well as impose numerous limitations upon the Unites States' immigration system and historic commitments. The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) urges you to TAKE ACTION immediately.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: 202-224-3121
Here's what you can say: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I am strongly OPPOSED to the RAISE Act. This bill would permanently cut refugee resettlement numbers to historic lows, make family reunification inaccessible, and permit only individuals who have certain education levels, employment history, and English-language ability to enter the United States. I urge you to reject this bill and do everything in your power to see that it does NOT become law.”
You can offer these additional details: the need to reform our immigration system is clear; however, the RAISE Act is not the way to do it. Both the national security and the economic interests of the United States would be compromised -- contrary to the Act's stated intent -- as immigrants do not depress wages or reduce job growth. The worst provisions would:
Permanently cap refugee admissions at 50,000 per year, the lowest resettlement goal in U.S. history, during the largest global refugee crisis in world history.
Permit only individuals who have certain education levels, work history, English-language ability, or high-paying job offers to enter the United States.
If you act, please TELL US. MFA will help you connect directly with your Congressional delegation, as well. Thank you!