As all of our concern grows for the children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking safety in the United States, we’ve just learned that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement plans to reprogram $94 million from refugee services to meet the needs of these children. Refugee services are already underfunded as it is, and these cuts would have devastating consequences for refugees and the communities that welcome them.
Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you today that ORR funding must be substantially increased to meet the needs of both unaccompanied children and refugees.
In order to prevent gaps in refugee services, ORR must receive an additional $200 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, for a total of $3.367 billion in FY15. Calls are needed urgently.
Act now! Here's what you can do:
Locate and contact your members of Congress.
Submit an email to President Obama through the U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants website.
Spread the word through social media forums! Find your representatives' and senators' Twitter handles at www.twitter.com and urge them to increase funds for ORR.
Use the following post/tweet: Ex: .@[their twitter handle] Please increase FY 15 funding for ORR by $200 million so they can meet the needs of unaccompanied children and #refugees. #ChildrenOnTheRun #UACs
It is critical that we respond vigorously to this issue by advocating for increased funding support to ORR's budget. Please join us in reaching out to help protect services for refugees.