Target: Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch
Goal: Give refugees and asylum seekers protection across the United States
The United States began as a country for those who challenged the religious and political status quo of their time. The Statue of Liberty proclaims that this country is for the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and as long as we continue to view ourselves as members of a humanitarian nation, we need to be sure that we uphold this promise. With the loss of the democratic majority in the Senate, this dedication to immigration and a safe haven for refugees may be under threat.
Many Republicans believe we should protect our own before allowing others to reap the benefits of living in this country at our expense. While there is some truth to that—we should take care of our own and help those less fortunate within our own borders—we, as a country, also need to recognize that the U.S. was founded as a place for people who disagreed with or felt threatened by their government. We can pride ourselves on our commitment to making the world a better place only if we actually hold ourselves to that standard, and part of that is allowing refugees and those seeking political asylum to seek safe harbor here.
Taking care of our own means understanding who “our own” are. As a nation that prides itself on freedom from tyranny, “our own” should encompass those who face persecution and oppression who seek protection within our borders. This may mean sacrifices on our part, but to do anything else would be hypocritical. Ask Orrin Thatch, President pro tempore of the Senate, to do his part to encourage the continued support of refugees and those seeking political asylum in the United States.
Dear Senator Thatch,
America is a nation founded on the principle of freedom. The Statue of Liberty, one of the greatest symbols of our nation, welcomes the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” As the new President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, you have the ability to promote these values over the next several years by encouraging members of the Senate to keep the U.S. a welcoming place for refugees and people seeking political asylum.
I understand the desire of many opponents of these open policies who want to keep the U.S. focused on itself and its own problems first. However, we can’t pride ourselves on holding freedom as one of our core values if we refuse to help those who seek freedom from oppression. This is a nation founded by immigrants, and I ask that you uphold these values by continuing to support refugees and asylum seekers. Please use your role as President pro tempore to encourage members of the Senate to support legislation that will help refugees over the course of your term.
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