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Your Voice Is Urgently Needed: Tell Congress & Your Governor to Welcome Syrian Refugees!

posted on: Nov 18, 2015

The Stated Clerk of the PCUSA issued a statement today calling for hope over fear.  He states, “We are a world grieving. We mourn the many deaths, not only in Paris, but also in Beirut, Baghdad, and Egypt. Any sense of security we have had is badly compromised by these horrific events; moreover, our fear of ISIS grows with every successful execution of its violent agenda…  As U.S. governors pledge to refuse Syrian refugees within their states and some presidential hopefuls promise to abandon the refugee program altogether, we the people have a choice to make. We can choose to follow those who would have us hide in fear or we can choose hope…  The way to end terror is to prove that those who demonize us are wrong. We are not a heartless secular culture. We must witness to the Gospel with generous hospitality. To hide in fear is a mistake. Fear is the ammunition of terror. Hope is the best defense.”

Background: As people across the United States are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome refugees in their communities, a number of Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees. This is morally reprehensible and goes against everything for which the United States stands. Some Members of Congress have even introduced legislation that would stop refugee resettlement altogether. It is critical that public officials hear from their constituents NOW as decisions are being made that will drastically impact the lives of Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in the United States.

Please take action TODAY:

Call your Representative and Senators : 1-866-961-4293


AND if you live in these states, call your Governor!


·       Alabama: (334) 242-7100

·       Arizona: (520) 628-6580 / (602) 542-4331

·       Arkansas: (501) 682-2345

·       Florida: (850) 488-7146

·       Georgia: (404) 656-1776

·       Idaho: (208) 334-2100

·       Illinois: (217) 782-0244 / (312) 814-2121

·       Indiana: (317) 569-0709

·       Iowa: (515) 281-5211

·       Kansas: (785) 296-3232

·       Louisiana: (225) 342-7015

·       Maine: (207) 287-3531 / 1-855-721-5203

·       Massachusetts: (617) 725-4005 / (413) 784-1200 / (202) 624-7713

·       Michigan: (517) 373-3400

·       New Hampshire: (603) 271-2121

·       New Jersey: (609) 292-6000

·       North Carolina: (919) 814-2000

·       Ohio: (614) 466-3555

·       Oklahoma: (405) 521-2342

·       South Carolina: (803) 734-2100

·       Texas: 800-843-5789 / (512) 463-1782

·       Wisconsin: (608) 266-1212

When you call, tell the receptionist that as a constituent, you want to help WELCOME Syrian refugees and that you’re against the calls of some governors to reject Syrian refugees.

Ex: “I’m a constituent from [City] and I support the resettlement of Syrian refugees. I urge the Senator / Representative / Governor to represent me and other constituents who seek to welcome Syrian refugees.”

Here are some helpful points that you may want to mention, but the most important point is your story and why your community wants to welcome Syrian refugees!

·       The U.S. government handpicks the refugees who resettle here, and refugees are the most thoroughly vetted people to come to the United States.

·       All refugees resettled in the United States undergo rigorous security screenings by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Defense and multiple intelligence agencies, including biometric checks, forensic testing, medical screenings and in-person interviews.

·       This is not an either/or situation. The United States can continue to welcome refugees while also continuing to ensure national security. We must do both.


You can also tweet your Members of Congress and your network:

“.@REPRESENTATIVE, Our community is ready to welcome #Syrian #refugees. #RefugeesWelcome #AmericaWelcomes!”