Target: United States Secretary of State John Kerry
Goal: Thank the U.S. government for agreeing to accept more Middle Eastern refugees and ensure they follow through on their statements.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Berlin, Germany at a news conference that the United States is increasing its number of annually accepted refugees from the current cap of 70,000 people to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in the year after that. This increase in refugee acceptance is accompanied by an increase in financial contributions to the humanitarian efforts from not only the U.S. government, but from the American people as well.
However, the United States previously indicated that it would raise its planned intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 in their next year, and yet America is only currently housing 1,500 refugees. The United States has the lowest number of refugees than any other country currently aiding in the Middle Eastern refugee crises, but has contributed the largest amount of financial aid, amounting to about a third of the total financial support. Tell John Kerry that you support his effort to take more refugees in for resettlement, but that it’s also important to follow through on public announcements and promises.
Dear Secretary of State John Kerry,
I would like to deeply thank you for the United States’ promise to raise the amount of accepted refugees by thousands of people and plans to continue raising the number as the years progress. There are currently over 4 million people migrating away from Syria alone and thousands more from other Middle Eastern countries searching for safety and a better life. America is definitely able to provide a better life for these refugees and allow them a community that they and their families can thrive in and contribute to.
Unfortunately, statements made by the United States in the past on refugee resettlement have not been followed through. Despite the previous cap raise to 10,000 refugees, America has actually only taken in 1,500 Syrian refugees, the lowest number of resettlements of any country currently aiding in the migration crisis. Further financial contribution from the U.S. was also something you mentioned in a news conference in Berlin recently, but being that a third of current funding for humanitarian efforts in this field is already from the United States, it doesn’t seem like financial contribution is what these refugees need form us. Please make sure that more refugees are taken onto United States soil and given the opportunity to join the American community.
[Your Name Here]
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