Target: Dick Durbin, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Goal: Help alleviate a humanitarian crisis, by allowing the resettlement of 15,000 Syrian refugees per year in the United States
Syria’s civil war has been raging for more than two years. The number of Syrian refugees has rapidly increased in the past year. Now over 2.3 million Syrians have been displaced and are homeless or living in refugee camps in neighboring states.
Currently, the responsibility for the refugees has primarily fallen on Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq, but these countries have limited resources to provide for the displaced Syrians. Despite support from the United Nations, many Syrian children lack adequate access to education and many men and women lack the ability to work. The lack of education and work authorization continues to hinder Syrian refugees’ capability to live a good life outside of the country.
Many displaced Syrians need a way to restart their lives in a new country, but they are being denied that simply because of a lack of resources.
The United States has been a leader in humanitarian relief efforts for the Syrian people. Moreover, the US has a world-leading resettlement program. However, at the moment, the United States has provided resettlement for an insignificant 36 refugees. The US government should immediately redress this and make space for at least 15,000 refugees per year.
In addition, a serious obstacle to Syrians seeking asylum in the United States lies in this country’s overly-complicated immigration policies. Under current law, any Syrians who have supported opposition groups, even those opposition groups that the United States has given weapons to, cannot immigrate. This must also be changed.
Sign this petition to urge the Senate subcommittee on Human Rights to alter immigration law to allow 15,000 Syrian refugees per year to enter the United States.
Dear Senator Dick Durbin,
There are over 2.3 million displaced Syrians, and Middle Eastern countries do not have the resources to adequately support them. Children are not going to school and adults do not have the opportunity to work, to the point that any semblance of a good life is impossible. To aid these people, the United States should endeavor to remove the strain on resources that humanitarian aid puts on Syria’s neighboring nations.
An excellent way to lighten the load is resettlement in the U.S. Yet the United States, a world leader in resettlement, has provided refuge to only 36 Syrians. This is largely because the United States’ overly-complicated immigration policy prevents those who supported opposition groups from immigrating. Please encourage your fellow committee-members and senators to immediately redress this law and make space for 15,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States each year.
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