Canopy NWA asks Senator Cotton to maintain US commitment on Refugee Resettlement

Senator Cotton,

On behalf of Northwest Arkansas Canopy NWA supporters, we are writing to ask for your continued support of the United States's commitment to Refugee Resettlement, and to work to reverse President Trump's Executive Order on Refugee Resettlement.

While we do not support the United States giving preference to one religious group over another, we do understand that one main reason people become refugees is because of their “well-founded fear of persecution” due to religion. 

So, we were encouraged by your previous efforts on Senate Bill 2708 that would double the number of Syrian Refugees admitted to the U.S. by an additional 10,000 people (over the initial 10,000 people authorized by President Obama).

You not only sought to double the number of Syrian Refugees admitted to the US, but you also sought to accelerate the approval process by dropping the requirement for those Syrian refugees to go through the U.N. screening process.

As you stated,

Religious minorities are among the most heavily persecuted in Syria, with many forced to flee to refugee camps in other countries. The problem is that a member of a religious minority who comes forward to the U.N. refugee centers are, in effect, openly declaring that they are a minority that is not trusted by either side in Syrias civil war.  Syrian religious minorities are members of close knit groups that are easier to check for security purposes.  With the belt-and-suspenders security built into this bill, I would be comfortable having someone who would come in as a neighbor to my family in Dardanelle.

Senator Tom Cotton's interview with Arkansas Democrat Gazette on May 22, 2016

Senator Cotton, we respectively ask what has changed that you are now supporting President Trump's Executive Order that blocks all Syrian Refugees from entering the U.S.?

We ask you to stand by your convictions, the legislation you currently have before the Senate, and work to reverse President Trump's Executive Order on refugee resettlement.


Canopy Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors

Canopy NWA Supporters, we encourage you to contact Senator Cotton's D.C. office via phone to express your support for reversing President Trump's Executive Order on refugee resettlement.

If you aren’t sure what to say, you can just say the following:

My name is [NAME] and I live in [City]. I am calling to share that I strongly support the US maintaining our commitment to refugee resettlement by reversing this Executive Order.
Welcoming refugees makes our country stronger and our world a better place. I would like to see [Representative Name] do everything in his power to reverse this Executive Order and let President Trump know that Northwest Arkansas stands ready to accept refugees.  

Senator Tom Cotton's Contact Info

Related:  "Canopy NWA asks President Trump to maintain US commitment on Refugee Resettlement"

Please contact us with any questions.

Canopy NWA's Response to Arkansas Congressman's Letter to Secretary of State


Earlier today, Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack, Congressman Rick Crawford, and Congressman Bruce Westerman sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing their concerns with Canopy NWA receiving certification from the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees in Arkansas.

Canopy NWA Official Statement Regarding the Letter from Three Arkansas Congressmen to Secretary of State John Kerry

Dated:  October 24, 2016

We affirm the importance of keeping Arkansas safe for Arkansans and we are grateful that our elected leaders are looking out for the safety and well-being of our community. As their constituents, we expect nothing less. 

Canopy NWA accepts referrals from the State Department but does not determine refugee country of origin nor does it have a role in the admissions or vetting process.  As such, we support the most stringent, secure vetting process possible. We encourage our elected officials to continue to work with the State Department in ensuring that the admissions process is thorough and complete.  Canopy has been in contact with Congressman Womack and his staff during this process and we have requested a follow up meeting so that we may continue to work together on these issues. 

Canopy has and will continue to work closely with members of the community, our local and state government and our elected officials to ensure the continued safety and prosperity of all Arkansans—both old and new. 

Thank you,

Canopy NWA

We want to make sure our elected representatives hear everyone's voices about Canopy's work here in NW Arkansas, so we encourage you to contact your elected officials to share your thoughts.  

Contact Congressman Womack's Office Here.

KUAF Ozarks at Large Interview


KUAF Ozarks at Large Interview

Emily Crane Linn and Pastor Clint Schnekloth were recently interviewed on KUAF Ozarks at Large about the pending approval of NW Arkansas as a refugee resettlement area.

Additionally, Governor Asa Hutchinson gave his thoughts on Canopy NWA's efforts and we get to hear from one of NW Arkansas's current residents, Faez Arso, who fled Mosul, Iraq in 2014, and is now living in Springdale.

About the Interview

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service-affiliated non-profit resettlement group is taking root in northwest Arkansas. Later this year, pending approval from the U.S. State Department, Canopy Northwest Arkansas plans to resettle a hundred refugees a year from war-ravaged places such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the Fayetteville area. But not all Arkansas political leaders are on board.