September 11, 2019
Help Protect Refugees!
Contact House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members Today!
Right now, some Disciples leaders from key states have flown into D.C. to help protect refugees.

They are willing to invest their time because the administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for Fiscal Year 2020, and  some administration officials have proposed resettling zero refugees next year . This would decimate the bipartisan refugee resettlement program and follows FY19’s historically low goal of 30,000. The administration has already been dismantling the refugee resettlement program and is planning to grant authority to states and localities to deny refugee resettlement in their communities, undermining U.S. law and violating our nation’s commitment to welcome the most vulnerable refugees.

By law, the administration must consult with Congress by the end of September, prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means Members of Congress can and must make their voices heard. It is critical that members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees , who are in charge of consulting with the administration, hear us strongly condemn a low admissions goal and call for a robust refugee admissions goal of 95,000 in FY20.

As some Disciples are making legislative visits this week in D.C., we invite you each to do the following:

1. Share the Action on Social Media: Call House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members Today!
*Please call the Senators and Representatives from your state - see below. If your state is not listed, call the leadership of both committees and subcommittees.

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program from another drastic cut by the administration. The administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means that as a member of the Judiciary Committee, you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY20. The administration is also preparing another unlawful and discriminatory policy that would allow states and localities to deny refugee resettlement in their community. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement.

2. Tweet at Key Members of Congress & Judiciary Committee Members

Share Your Message on Social Media! Please tweet at the Senate and House Judiciary Committee Members . Here are sample posts:

  • @memberofcongress: America must remain a country of welcome. Please do your part to see that the administration commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in FY 2020. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k

  • @memberofcongress: Refugee resettlement is a core American legacy that allows people to rebuild their lives. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k

  • @memberofcongress]: Thousands of refugee families are being torn apart because America has closed its doors to them. Please show your support for refugee resettlement. #RefugeesWelcome #Welcome95k

Committee & Subcommittee Leadership: 
For a full list of Committee Members by state and their contact information, see the bottom of this alert. 
  • Senate Full Committee Chair (South Carolina): Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): 202-224-5972, @LindseyGrahamSC
  • Senate Full Committee Ranking Member (California): Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 202-224-3841, @SenFeinstein
  • Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair (Texas): Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): 202-224-2934, @JohnCornyn
  • Senate Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member (Illinois): Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): 202-224-2152, @SenatorDurbin
  • House Full Committee Chair (New York): Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10): 202-225-5635, @RepJerryNadler 
  • House Full Committee Ranking Member (Georgia): Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09): 202-225-9893, @RepDougCollins
  • House Immigration Subcommittee Chair (California): Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19): 202-225-3072, @RepZoeLofgren
  • House Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member (Colorado): Representative Ken Buck (R-CO-04): 202-225-4676, @RepKenBuck

3.      Fill out this brief form  if you have ever resettled or helped welcome refugees—and we will follow up with how we NEED your help more than ever to help the US refugee resettlement program SURVIVE in this time!!

4.     ALSO, please continue to share with your leaders the deep concerns about refugee reductions we expressed as Disciples in our Refugee Emergency Resolution passed at our recent General Assembly. 

5.     And, please go here often for additional updates and action opportunities to support refugees:

*Full List of House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members by State:

  • Alabama: 
  • Representative Martha Roby (R-AL-02): 202-225-2901, @RepMarthaRoby
  • Arizona: 
  • Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05): 202-225-2635, @RepAndyBiggsAZ
  • Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-08): 202-225-4576, @RepDLesko
  • Representative Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09): 202-225-9888, @RepGregStanton
  • California: 
  • Representative Luis Correa (D-CA-46): 202-225-2965, @RepLouCorrea
  • Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19): 202-225-3072, @RepZoeLofgren
  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33): 202-225-3976, @RepTedLieu
  • Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA-04): 202-225-2511, @RepMcClintock
  • Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-3): 202-225-7084, @RepKarenBass
  • Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15): 202-225-5065, @RepSwalwell
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 202-224-3841, @SenFeinstein
  • Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA): 202-224-3553, @KamalaHarris
  • Colorado: 
  • Representative Ken Buck (R-CO-04): 202-225-4676, @RepKenBuck
  • Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO-02): 202-225-2161, @RepJoeNeguse
  • Connecticut: 
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): 202-224-2823, @SenBlumenthal
  • Delaware:
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE): 202-224-5042, @ChrisCoons
  • Florida:
  • Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL-01): 202-225-4136, @RepMattGaettz
  • Representative Val Demings (D-FL-10): 202-225-2176, @RepValDemings
  • Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22): 202-225-3001, @RepTedDeutch
  • Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL26): 202-225-2778, @RepDMP
  • Representative Greg Steube (R-FL-17): 202-225-5792, @RepGregSteube
  • Georgia:
  • Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09): 202-225-9893, @RepDougCollins
  • Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA-04): 202-225-1605, @RepHanJohnson
  • Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06): 202-225-4501, @RepLucyMcBath
  • Hawaii: 
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI): 202-224-6361, @maziehirono
  • Idaho:
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID): 202-224-6142, @MikeCrapo
  • Illinois:
  • Senator Durbin Dick (D-IL) 202-224-2152, @SenatorDurbin
  • Iowa:
  • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): 202-224-3744, @ChuckGrassley
  • Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA): 202-225-3254, @SenJoniErnst
  • Louisiana:
  • Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) 202-224-4623, @SenJohnKennedy
  • Representative Michael Johnson (R-LA-04): 202-225-2777, @RepMikeJohnson
  • Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA-02): 202-225-6636, @RepRichmond
  • Maryland: 
  • Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08): 202-225-5341, @RepRaskin
  • Minnesota: 
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): 202-224-3244, @SenAmyKlobuchar
  • Missouri:
  • Senator Joshua D. Howley (R-MO): 202-224-6154, @SenHawleyPress
  • Nebraska: 
  • Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE): 202-224-4224, @SenSasse
  • New Jersey: 
  • Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ): 202-224-3224, @SenBooker
  • New York:
  • Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10): 202-225-5635, @RepJerryNadler
  • Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08): 202-225-5936, @RepJeffries
  • North Carolina: 
  • Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC): 202-224-6342, @SenThomTillis
  • North Dakota:
  • Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-ND): (202) 225-2611, @RepArmstrongND
  • Ohio:
  • Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH-01): 202-225-2216, @RepSteveChabot
  • Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH-04): 202-225-2676, @Jim_Jordan
  • Pennsylvania:
  • Representative Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04): 202-225-4721, @RepDean
  • Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-05): 202-225-2011, @RepMGS
  • Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA-14): (202) 225-2065, @GReschenthaler
  • Rhode Island:
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): 202-224-2921, @SenWhitehouse
  • Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-01): 202-225-4911, @RepCicilline
  • South Carolina:
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): 202-224-5972, @LindseyGrahamSC
  • Tennessee: 
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): 202-224-3344, @MarshaBlackburn
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-09): 202-225-3265, @RepCohen
  • Texas:
  • Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) 202-224-2934, @JohnCornyn
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) 202-224-5922, @SenTedCruz
  • Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01): 202-225-3035, @replouiegohmert
  • Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX-04): 202-225-6673. @RepRatcliffe
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18): 202-225-3816, @JacksonLeeTX18
  • Representative Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29): 202-225-1688, @RepSylviaGarcia
  • Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX16): 202-225-4831, @RepEscobar
  • Utah:
  • Senator Mike Lee (R-UT): 202-224-5444, @SenMikeLee
  • Virginia: 
  • Representative Ben Cline (R-VA-06): 202-225-5431, @RepBenCline
  • Vermont: 
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT): 202-224-4242, @SenatorLeahy
  • Washington
  • Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07): 202-225-3106, @RepJayapal
  • Wisconsin: 
  • Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI-05): 202-225-5101, @JimPressOffice
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