Target: Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Leon Rodriguez
Goal: Insist that America take on more of the resettlement and housing of Middle Eastern refugees.
America has currently committed to the least amount of refugee resettlements than any other country providing their support to the effort. Syria is in the midst of a brutal civil war and Iraq is in the middle of having its country taken over by a terrorist organization, causing millions of people to escape the violence and search for asylum elsewhere. America has contributed the largest financial aid to the Syrian refugee crisis, but money is not the only necessity that is required for the complete settlement of these people.
From Syria alone, there are over four million people fleeing the country across Europe looking for a better life for their families, walking miles without food and water as well as living in cramped, overpopulated spaces just for the hope of finding a new home away from violence and war. Outside of Europe, Canada has committed to taking in 10,000 refugees for resettlement and Australia has promised 12,000 to be resettled in their country. America has only taken 1,500 refugees, a mere fraction of other country’s contribution and an even smaller fraction of the people that still need a home.
Sign the petition below and tell American Citizenship and Immigration Services to up these numbers and help these world citizens that are struggling through devastation and loss to find peace and acceptance.
Dear Director Rodriguez,
There are millions of people from Middle Eastern countries right now that have lost their homes, friends, and everything they had in the devastation of war, terrorism, and violence. As compassionate citizens of the world, a large majority of first-world countries have committed to giving these people new homes and lives where they can be safe to raise their families and become contributing members of society.
The United States has already stated its plans to increase the number of refugees in 2016, and I want to make sure that number increases significantly. Canada and Australia have already committed to refugee resettlements in the ten thousands, and I feel that the United States should do no less than the same. Nearly one-third of refugee aid, according to the U.N., is from the United States, and if we take in refugees then we can return some of those funds from taxes, labor, and community contribution. Please ensure that the United States commits to the staggered admittance of at least 10,000 refugees by 2016.
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