Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Thank Obama for promising to give 110,000 refugees a better life in America.
Over 10,000 refugees have been resettled in America since January, and President Obama recently promised that our country would admit 110,000 more in the coming year. Wars in Syria, Yemen, and parts of Africa have forced millions to flee their homes. Many die on the dangerous voyages they must take to get to safer countries like Turkey and Italy, often resulting in the loss of children.
Those who make it find themselves in inhumane camps waiting to be taken in somewhere. While many European countries are taking in most of the refugees, America has been slow to help with the burden of resettlement. Finally, our country is opening its arms to more asylum seekers than has been seen in recent years.
When Obama announced the original 10,000 refugees America would resettle, many said it was not enough and a ForceChange petition was published to ask that more refugees be admitted. Due to this country’s capacity and the severity of the crisis, this number hardly reflected what America could really do to help.
Allowing 110,000 more asylum seekers into the country will not only change but actually save the lives of families from across the globe. Amidst news of terrorism and anti-Muslim rhetoric, we cannot be afraid of the innocent people seeking a safe place to live. It is their human right. Sign this petition to thank President Obama for pledging to resettle 110,000 more refugees.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to thank you for your recent pledge to resettle 110,000 more refugees in America over the coming year. This means that thousands of war-torn families will be given opportunities that we take for granted, such as an education and a future.
The conflicts in the Middle East have destroyed the lifestyles of these people, leaving some without hospitals, places to worship, or homes. Many have fled in order to find a better tomorrow but are met with danger the entire way. Comparatively, America is a safe place and taking in refugees is the right thing to do.
Everyone on this planet has basic human rights, and that includes access to a safe and humane place to live. It would be a crime if America didn’t do its part to help thousands of people around the world who would otherwise continue to be homeless, hopeless, and in danger of assault and disease. Thank you for standing up for refugees and for promising to resettle 110,000 more over the coming year.
[Your Name Here]
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