Commend Decision to Help Syrian Refugees

2-13-14 Commend Law Protecting Syrian Refuges

Target: Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jef Johnson

Goal: Thank Secretaries Kerry and Johnson for allowing hundreds of Syrian refugees to seek asylum in the United States

Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jef Johnson altered immigration standards to allow Syrian refugees to find asylum in America. While this law was originally designed to keep allies of terrorist groups from entering the country, it has also prevented hundreds of Syrian victims from being able to escape into the United States. Given that only 36 Syrian people were admitted in the last fiscal year, this change is a large victory. Commend Secretaries Kerry and Johnson for changing these standards and allowing hundreds of people to find safety with their families in America.

There are currently 2.4 million Syrian refugees who seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Of that number, 1.3 million are below 18 years of age. Six million have been displaced, and nine million are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. And until just recently, thousands of applications for immigration to the U.S. were being denied under the old rules. Senator Durbin of Illinois stated at the time, “One issue that needs to be addressed is the overly broad prohibition in our immigration law that excludes any refugee who has provided any kind of support to an army rebel group…This would prevent a Syrian who gave a cigarette or a sandwich to a Free Syrian Army soldier from receiving refugee status in the United States.”

Now, with the recent alteration, the requirements for seeking refuge in America have been broadened, opening the door to hundreds of refugees desperately in need of help. In fact, these rules are designed to prevent something like this from happening again. There is no need for innocent people to be denied entry to the U.S. under regulations set up to prevent terrorist allies from gaining access to the country. Senator Durbin again commented, “These exemptions will help address the plight of Syrian refugees who are caught up in the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. The United States has led the world in resettling and providing humanitarian assistance to refugees from conflicts around the globe and [this] will help remove a significant barrier to innocents seeking refuge in the U.S.”

Sign the petition below to thank Secretaries Kerry and Johnson for their efforts to open the harsh border regulations to allow innocent Syrian people to find refuge in America. Hundreds will now be able to escape the terror and desperation of this crisis and find new beginnings in the U.S.


Dear Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson,

I recently learned about the policy changes that are going to allow hundreds of Syrian refugees to enter America. As they were previously kept out under strict immigration rules relating to terrorism, this change is a large victory for those suffering in Syria.

As I’m sure you are aware, millions of Syrian people have been displaced from their homes, and 1.3 million of those trying to escape are under the age of 18. Clearly these people were in desperate need of aid, and opening the borders to refugees is a huge step in the right direction.

I commend you for the changes and for the chance at a new life you have given to the refugees of Syrian.


[Your Name Here]

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