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Action Needed for Syrian Refugee Crisis

"The primary truth of faith as we consider... refugees today is that Christ has made another appearance among us, as Himself a... refugee in the person of political dissidents, the economically deprived, and foreigners on the run. We are to join them as pilgrims in search of that city yet to come, with foundations of love and justice whose architect and builder is God."
Statement, 1982 Annual Conference


The Church of the Brethren has long supported refugees displaced from their homeland. In the past, we called for the Federal government "to support and harbor refugees from war, oppression, famine, and natural disasters... We also favor generous temporary care for refugees who, upon fleeing their homeland, find their first asylum in the United States."

As we grapple with increasingly heartbreaking and tragic reports of Syrian refugees dying as they seek safety in the region and in Europe, it is clear that the Church of the Brethren must pressure the United States to respond with leadership. The fact that the U.S. has only resettled 1,517 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict is inexcusable. While resettlement is not the only solution, it is a critical way the U.S. can support countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan that are hosting millions of Syrian refugees. The United States can and should resettle at least 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing our total resettlement commitment from 70,000 to 100,000 refugees from all parts of the world.

Take Action TODAY:

  • Sign this petition now and demand the U.S. increase the resettlement of more Syrian refugees! This petition is a great first step and already more than 55,000 people have signed on. To require a response from President Obama, we need 100,000 signatures before September 30th.
  • Call the White House at 202-456-1111 — feel free to use this script:

The U.S. must show leadership in responding to the global refugee crisis, including in Syria. I urge President Obama to increase refugee resettlement from 70,000 to 100,000 this coming year, as well as an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees.

In 1980, the U.S. resettled more than 200,000 refugees, showing that where there's a will, there's a way. The U.S. must demonstrate leadership and increase refugee resettlement.

  • Share this alert on social media!

"Sign the petition to demand the U.S. do more in response to the Syrian #refugee crisis! #WelcomeWorld"

"The U.S. can do more to resettle Syrian #refugees. Sign the petition today if you agree! #WelcomeWorld"

Thank you for standing with us as we demand the U.S. do more in this refugee crisis!

*Adapted from a Church World Service Action Alert

In Christ's peace,
Jesse Winter
Peacebuilding and Policy Associate , Office of Public Witness
Church of the Brethren

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