So what can you do?
FPL will be releasing the full statement to the press on Thursday, so the deadline for signatures is COB (close of business) Wednesday, Nov. 18th.
2) Tell Congress & Your Governor to WELCOME SYRIAN REFUGEES!
Background: As Catholics and other people of good will are donating to help Syrian refugees abroad and volunteering to welcome them through the Catholic Charities and social service agencies across the United States, the US government has been painstakingly vetting Syrians for US resettlement. The rigorous screening process is conducted over 18-24 months by refugee and security professionals through multiple interviews and multiple security checks. Unfortunately, in response to the shock of the Paris attacks, a number of US Governors recently announced that they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees. 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, including Catholics, as decisions are being made that could drastically impact the lives of Syrian refugees and refugee resettlement in the United States. The US has always been a haven for the world’s refugees and the Catholic Church plays a large role in that welcome. The US has a safe secure resettlement process through which we should continue that life-saving tradition. Welcoming refugees is the American way and an important part of our Catholic Christian calling.
Please take action TODAY: Call your Representative and Senators :
When you call, tell the receptionist that as a constituent, you want to help WELCOME Syrian refugees and that you are against the calls of some governors to reject Syrian refugees. Example: “I’m a constituent from [City, State] 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 by opposing any legislation that would halt or restrict funding to the U.S. refugee resettlement program."
**In addition, Representative Hudson (NC-08) has drafted legislation that aims to essentially stop all Syrian resettlement. His effort is gaining traction quickly. It is very important that his office is flooded with positive calls about refugees and refugee resettlement TODAY. Please call his DC office at 202-225-3715 and/or his district office at 704-786-1612. To e-mail him please go to: https://hudson.house.gov/email-me**
You can also tweet your Members of Congress and your network:
@REPRESENTATIVE Our community is ready to welcome #Syrian #refugees. #RefugeesWelcome #AmericaWelcomes!
- If you are in St. Louis, you can join this local event on Nov 22nd: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494245157537193/
4) Sign a petition in support of welcoming more Syrian refugees
- There is a petition through MoveOn.org that you can sign HERE
- Here is a petition through Church World Service to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted to the U.S.
- Here is a petition through Change.org
5) Engage in conversations with your friends, family, and neighbors about the current refugee crisis and share why you think it is important to welcome the refugees and support their resettlement.