HR 4038 bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives now looks to the Senate to uphold the best principles and practice of American leadership in refugee resettlement.
The bill would overturn a system that has been working. It compromises the lives of people who are already some of the most victimized people in the world. It would set back US humanitarian leadership and provide an excuse for those who wish to argue that the U.S. does not live up to the values it proclaims.
These people are desperate for a new start in life, and grateful for the chance to build a new place called home. Those arriving here have been through an extensive security vetting system involving many government agencies. Many become patriotic US citizens who know the value of the liberties that this country offers.
Refugee resettlement is a US success story. Contact politicians of all parties at state and local level, and officials who serve the public, to ensure that your voice is heard. We fervently hope that, as the Senate considers this matter, America’s leaders will recover the spirit of practical cooperation to meet the needs of refugees for a safe home and of Americans for safety. Far from being conflict, these goals are in harmony.