Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Resettle 65,000 refugees in the United States.
Barack Obama has kept his promise of allowing 10,000 refugees into the states this year, but that number is not enough to even make a dent in the overflow of asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. Additionally, it is not proportionate to the capacity of the states. The U.S. needs to step up and take in more refugees during the next year. Regardless of what is reported in the news, the refugee crisis caused by wars in the Middle East and Africa is growing worse every day. Over 13 million refugees from Syria alone (60 million worldwide), about half of which are children, have been displaced from their homes and need a safe place to live, yet only about one percent qualify under U.S. immigration standards to be resettled in the U.S.
According to Amnesty International, a survey by GlobeScan shows that 71 percent of Americans would allow refugees into the country and 15 percent would even allow them into their homes. American citizens know when it is time to step up and offer aid in the world just as we have done in the past for thousands of Vietnamese after the war and for Cubans in the 1980s. Other politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, have said that we should increase the number of refugees to 65,000, noting that it would hardly cause a difference in our population. Ask Obama to reconsider allowing only 10,000 asylum seekers and increase the amount to 65,000 in order to further aid in this national crisis.
Dear President Obama,
The U.S. as a whole is ready and willing to welcome refugees into our country. While resettling 10,000 people certainly changed a lot of lives, the U.S. could be doing so much more. Many have said that allowing more refugees would pave a path for terrorists to reach our soil, but that mindset is fueled by fear. Rather than catering to fears generated by the media, we need to open our arms to those who are truly in need. Our country is more than capable of housing at least 65,000 refugees, and we can certainly reach that number within the next year.
In the past, our country has opened its doors to refugees in war-torn countries, yet while the biggest refugee crisis this world has ever seen continues to worsen, America continues to be picky. Ten thousand people does not put a dent in the millions of refugees severely in need, and compared to the generosity of countries like Turkey and Jordan, we’ve hardly done anything at all. We demand that you increase the United States’ intake of refugees from war-torn countries like Syria to 65,000 people within the next year.
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