Take Action: September 21, 2017 Act to stem the world’s most severe refugee crisis ever

The world needs to be more outraged than it is when we read of the persecution, the violence, the sexual violence, the murder, the rape, the destruction of families and any social structure that these people have had. Almost entire cultures are destroyed.
– Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the LDS Church

As Elder Holland recently reiterated in a meeting at Windsor Castle, today’s global refugee crisis is absolutely unprecedented in both magnitude and impact. We must encourage our leaders to do more!

Ultimately, the cap on the number of refugees admitted each year is set by President Trump, and the deadline is coming up in just a few short weeks!  So let’s put the pressure on using these two suggested actions:

Call your Members of Congress, call your Governors, and even write directly to President Trump.

Possible Script:

Hello.  I am *very* concerned about the unprecedented magnitude of the refugee crisis, and I encourage you to please speak up and put whatever pressure you can on President Trump to increase the number of refugees admitted into our country. The cap is due to be set in just a few short weeks, so please say something as soon as possible. This is urgent! Refugees are in these dire situations through no fault of their own and evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that these are good people who become assets to their communities once they arrive. Thank you.

Here are the links to contact your leaders:

See also https://www.facebook.com/LHI.Utah/posts/177739782797529

Expect facts to lead policy: Demand that the Department of Homeland and Human Services make public their findings

Under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, Trump administration officials (led by Stephen Miller) “rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.” By jiggering the metric, HHS gave the administration a final version of this study more to Trump’s liking, citing only the per capita refugee costs for major HHS programs.  The White House apparently claimed that the draft report was “delivered by someone with an ideological agenda.”

Facts are important in setting reasonable, ethical, and in this case humane policy.  We can urge HHS to make all their findings available to the public:
Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201
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