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Allow More Syrian and Iraqi Refugees into the U.S.

 

Iraq and Syria petition

 

Conflicts in Syria and Iraq have forced millions of people from their homes.

It is imperative that the U.S. increase the number of refugees admitted annually from 70,000 to 100,000. 


Increasing the resettlement ceiling will:

  • Allow us to save more of the most vulnerable refugees 
     
  • Support the countries hosting them
     
  • Uphold our nation’s promise to support religious freedom and provide a safe haven
     
Sign our petition to President Obama!

To President Barack Obama:
 
In response to the increased levels of violence and displacement around the world today, we write to urgently request that you raise the refugee admissions goal from 70,000 to 100,000 in Fiscal Year 2016.  Although 2015 has just started, we know that planning has begun and that decisions about next year’s response to the plight of refugees around the world will be made soon. 
 
In a world where Syrians are fleeing by the millions and Iraqi religious minorities are running for their lives, the current U.S. refugee resettlement ceiling is inadequate.  There are more displaced people in the world today than at any time since World War II.  Twenty years ago, the United States was welcoming twice the number of refugees that we receive now.

U.S. officials have promised that the United States will do everything in its power to meet the needs of displaced Syrians. The needs are staggering.  The conflict in Syria has forced more than 3 million people from their homes; over half are children who are already being referred to as Syria's "lost generation." The Islamic State has terrorized the Syrian people, particularly targeting Christians and religious leaders of all faiths that oppose their violent ideology.  The sheer magnitude of this crisis and the massive impact on the host countries struggling to meet the needs of these refugees in an already unstable region demands a vigorous and compassionate resettlement response for the most vulnerable who will never be safe where they are. 
 
In neighboring Iraq, the Islamic State has engaged in an ethnic cleansing campaign against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. Iraq’s rich religious and cultural heritage and ethnic diversity are in the process of being completely destroyed. Members of communities that have lived in Iraq for thousands of years who do not flee are brutally tortured and killed. Those who have fled will likely never be able to return home.
 
Increasing the resettlement ceiling next year will not give major relief to the countries in the region that are hosting millions of refugees or put an end to the violence and terror sweeping Syria and Iraq. But increasing the resettlement ceiling will allow us to save more of the most vulnerable victims of this unimaginable violence.  It will support the Iraqi and Syrian people and the refugee-hosting countries in the region. And it will uphold our nation’s promise to support religious freedom and offer safe haven to those who are persecuted for their faith and beliefs.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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