Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for increasing the number of Syrian war refugees accepted into the U.S.
The people have spoken and the president has listened. After the ForceChange community petitioned Obama to Admit Syrian Refugees into the U.S., the White House announced that it plans to allow 10,000 war refugees into the country in 2016. This number is significantly higher than the 1,500 that have been admitted into the States thus far, and it brings the U.S. in better alignment with European nations, although we still have a long way to go.
The president preceded 10,000 with “at least,” so there is hope for additional Syrians seeking asylum in the U.S. When you take into account that 340,000 Syrians have already sought shelter elsewhere, the numbers remain on the low side for refugees wanting to settle on American soil. Germany is planning on taking in 800,000. The United Kingdom has agreed to accept 20,000 Syrians.
Four million Syrian refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the organization is encouraging nations to commit to relocating 130,000 Syrians by 2016’s end. President Obama’s agreement to take at least 10,000 refugees places the U.S. in a better position to scale up its commitment to help people in conflict zones; something it’s been working toward.
Thank you, President Obama, for taking this first crucial step toward bringing more Syrian war refugees into the United States. As we move forward in our international relations, the opening of U.S. borders shows war victims that our war against terror goes beyond combat and includes helping the people left behind.
Dear President Obama,
Thank you for scaling up U.S. efforts to allow Syrian war refugees into the United States. Our fight against terror must include aid for the victims fleeing ravaged nations, and I am proud that the U.S. has increased the number of Syrian war refugees to show our continued support.
We must continue to move forward with helping the over 4 million displaced Syrians. Although bringing in 10,000 will be a burden, the U.S. must remain resolute and in line with its European brethren and open our borders to even more people. Many of these refugees are children, and they deserve a safe place in which to grow.
Thank you for listening to our call to action and setting us on the right path toward helping those inflicted with war. Hopefully the 10,000 accepted will only be the beginning.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: U.K. Department for International Development