Contact Your Congressperson
Your elected official represents you and your concerns. Below are a few tips on contacting your congressperson as well as draft language in support of U.S. resettlement of refugees. To locate or identify your Representative in Congress, visit the United state House of Representatives website and search your zip code.
- Face-to-Face Visit: The most effective way to voice your concerns is in person. Visit your congressperson's local or national office or attend a town hall meeting. Ask questions and push for answers.
- Phone Call: Many times an in-person visit is not possible so let your voice be heard by calling their office. Each day, a report of the day's most pressing concerns from phone calls is presented to senior staff. Focus your phone call on one issue and be clear about what you want.
- Hand Written Letter: Send a letter to your congressperson's office. Letters are often read by senior staff or the representative him/herself because there are generally so few written notes. Be direct and outline why a particular proposal is the right or wrong course of action for your state or the country.
- Email: The most common form of communication is email. This is the quickest and easiest way to voice your concern but you may not receive a reply given the large quantities of emails sent each day. However, constituent positions on issues are tallied over a period of time and inform your congressperson how to vote or participate.
Language in Support of Refugees
Dear Representative [NAME]
Our nation's proud history calls us to stand for welcome, even in the wake of fear. As a person of faith, I implore you not to turn your back on the suffering of vulnerable refugees who are fleeing the same violence from which we seek to protect ourselves.
I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I am disheartened by the President's decision to pause the refugee resettlement program for any period of time. I also support the resettlement of Syrian refugees and other Muslim refugees fleeing terror. I believe the United States needs to continue to be a global leader for refugee resettlement and we should honor our commitment to resettle the most vulnerable.
I am also strongly opposed to President Trump’s decision to expand detention and prevent asylum-seeking Central Americans women, children, and families from seeking protection in the U.S.
These discriminatory announcements run contrary to what Christ called us to do and who we are as a nation. It does not reflect the welcome for refugees and migrants I see in my community every day. I urge you to do everything in your power to see this announcement reversed. As Christians and as Americans we must stand for welcome.