Canopy NWA asks President Trump to maintain US commitment on Refugee Resettlement
Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to...
- Suspend refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days.
- Cap total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000 ― less than half of the 110,000 committed to by the Obama administration.
- Block refugee admissions from Syria indefinitely.
- Suspend the visa interview waiver program indefinitely.
- Ban for 30 days all “immigrant and nonimmigrant” entry of individuals from countries designated in Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated appropriations act: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
- Suspend visa issuance to countries of “particular concern.” After 60 days, DHS, the State Department and DNI are instructed to draft a list of countries that don’t comply with requests for information. Foreign nationals from those countries will be banned from entering the U.S.
- Establish “safe zones to protect vulnerable Syrian populations.” The executive order tasks the secretary of defense with drafting a plan for safe zones in Syria within 90 days. This would be an escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria and could be the first official indication of how Trump will approach the conflict there.
- Expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S. and require in-person interviews for all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa.
Refugee resettlement is a tradition in our country that dates back to the end of the World War II. Since then, the United States has been a leader in welcoming the world’s most vulnerable people and giving them the opportunity of a new beginning.
We are deeply saddened to think of all those whose new beginnings have now been deferred because of this Executive Order.
We think of those who are unable to return to their home country because of fear of persecution...
due to their race
membership in a social group
their political opinion
their religion, or
their national origin.
We think of those who have been waiting in refugee camps for years.
We think of those who have already been assigned to come to the United States and have begun to think of themselves as Americans who will not be allowed to enter.
We think of our community co-sponsors, right here in Northwest Arkansas, who have been preparing for specific families who—for now—are no longer allowed to come.
This Executive Order is heartbreaking to us, and is devastating for the families who are refugees.
These are real people who are experiencing real suffering. Real suffering that needs to end.
We are a nation founded by refugees fleeing religious persecution (pilgrims) and built up by immigrants seeking better lives.
We are better than this.
We are truly thankful for Governor Hutchinson's, Congressman Womack's, and so many others vital support to Canopy's refugee resettlement efforts here in Northwest Arkansas, and we ask our community to join us in continuing to express the importance of the US's commitment to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
We Need Your Help
For now, we ask you to do the following:
1) Call the elected officials listed below.
Please join us in calling our State and Congressional representatives to let them know that Northwest Arkansas expects the US to stand by our commitment to refugee resettlement.
Here are the numbers you can call:
- Phone: (501) 682-2345
- Website: http://governor.arkansas.gov/contact-info/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/AsaHutchinson
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asaforarkansas
SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN
- Phone: (202) 224-4843
- Website/Email: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/JohnBoozman
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnBoozman
SENATOR TOM COTTON
- Phone: (202) 224-2353
- Website/Email: https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=contact
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SenTomCotton
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTomCotton
CONGRESSMAN STEVE WOMACK
- Phone: (202) 225-4301
- Website/Email: http://womack.house.gov/contact/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rep_stevewomack/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepSteveWomack
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.
2) Give to Canopy.
We're going to need your support to get through these uncertain times. If you can’t give much right now, set up a recurring monthly gift of $10 or $15. You won’t hardly miss it, but it will really add up for our work.
Our work is not slowing down.
In fact, this Executive Order only strengthens our resolve to the mission of creating a place of refuge for families in crisis.
For our community and to those who are signed up as co-sponsor groups or volunteers, we will have more information out shortly regarding the implications of this Executive Order to Canopy NWA specifically.
Thank you for joining with us in this and stay tuned for more information.