With more than 70 million people forced to flee their homes, the world is facing a historic refugee crisis. But current immigration policy dictates that the U.S. will welcome no more than 30,000 refugees this year – the lowest in U.S. history. The U.S. has a proud legacy as a safe haven for the world’s most vulnerable people. The GRACE Act would uphold America’s long bipartisan tradition by establishing an annual refugee admissions level of no less than 95,000, restoring refugee admissions to their historic norms.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Call your Members of Congress today and ask them to support the GRACE Act to establish a minimum number of refugees who will be resettled in the U.S. each year in keeping with historic norms and uphold America’s (and Utah’s) legacy of welcoming refugees.
Utah’s Congressional Delegation
Sen. Mitt Romney 202-224-5251 (DC) // 801-524-4380 Twitter: @senatorromney // Facebook: @mittromney
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden) // Email // Twitter: @SenMikeLee // Facebook: @senatormikelee
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): 202-225-7751 (DC) // 801-851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Ben McAdams (Congressional District 4): 202-225-3011 (DC) // 801-999-9801 (West Jordan)
US Capitol switchboard: (202)-225-3121
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The GRACE Act: More Information
Since the modern refugee admissions program began in 1980, refugees from around the world have found safe haven from persecution in the U.S., rebuilding their lives and integrating into new communities. Although refugees have often left everything behind in search of safety, when they arrive in the US, they quickly get back on their feet – learning English, securing jobs, and contributing to the economy and our communities. They become our neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and their children sit next to our own in school.
The GRACE Act aligns with Utah values around welcoming immigrants as productive members of our society and welcoming refugees into the safe harbor of our great state today just as it welcomed the first Mormon settlers long ago. One of the four bronze statues in the Capitol Hill Rotunda is dedicated to Immigration & Settlement as one of our timeless values.
Let’s remind our members of Congress about Utah’s great heritage as a place of asylum for refugees and our dedication to preserving the refugee resettlement program to protect vulnerable people from persecution.
[Adapted from International Refugee Committee]