Throughout our history, America has been defined by our generosity toward those who seek a safe haven from violence, oppression, and persecution. With a growing crisis in Central America and thousands of unaccompanied kids arriving at the Southern border, the U.S. government is facing a dire shortfall of funds. We need you to act now to ensure that various government agencies – including the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – have the necessary resources. The current humanitarian crisis must not curb our ability to resettle refugees fleeing Iraq, Syria, Burma, Sudan, and elsewhere who have been generously offered protection by the U.S.
President Obama has called on Congress to approve emergency funding to meet the needs of unaccompanied children from Central America. Senator Mikulski (D-MD) recently introduced a proposal that is currently in the Senate that would include $1.2 billion for ORR to serve all vulnerable groups under its mandate. We need you to act now to ensure Congress swiftly approves this funding.