In response to media reports about the Trump Administration’s executive orders on refugees, Church World Services is asking for help in putting pressure on the White House to reconsider their stance. Church World Services helps Triangle refugees out of their Durham office, so this is an issue directly impacting North Carolina families.

PLEASE DO 3 THINGS IMMEDIATELY:

1. Sign this petition stating opposition to any plans to stop refugee resettlement. Remember to confirm your sign-on via your email, otherwise it won’t be counted.

2. Tweet @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS – Samples (please feel free to personalize):

.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: Don’t stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values. #GreaterAs1 #RefugeesWelcome

.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud US legacy with bipartisan support. #GreaterAs1

.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: People of faith OPPOSE religious litmus test for refugees. bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees hias.org/1500rabbis

.@realDonaldTrump & @POTUS: Denying Muslim refugees safety is an affront to religious liberty. bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees  #GreaterAs1

.@realDonaldTrump, @POTUS: 800+ faith leaders oppose any policy that would keep Muslim refugees from seeking safety: bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees

.@realDonaldTrump, @POTUS: Christians oppose policies denying Muslims refuge & preferencing Christians. bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees #GreaterAs1

NC NAACP is also using the #MoralResistance hashtag in support of this topic.

3. Send the White House a Facebook message at Facebook.com/WhiteHouse AND submit an electronic message at whitehouse.gov/contact

Here is a sample provided from Church World Services to other faith groups. Please feel free to modify the letter to reflect you as an individual, but please be sure to reinforce the key messages:

President Trump, We are hearing that you will stop refugee resettlement based on someone’s nationality or religion. As a faith group, we are STRONGLY opposed to any policy change that would deny access to refugees based on their religion or nationality. Please reject such ideas, as a religious litmus test for safety is an affront to religious liberty.

As faith groups that work with thousands of members of our communities in churches and synagogues across the country to welcome refugees every day, we oppose any plan to reduce refugee admissions and to prevent Muslim refugees from being resettled in the United States. We urge you to allow the U.S. refugee program to continue to resettle refugees that need our protection regardless of where they come from or how they pray. Thank you for your leadership in ensuring the U.S. remains a beacon of hope for all those who are persecuted that seek peace, safety and freedom. bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees

More than 800 faith leaders: “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has been and should remain open to those of any religious tradition who face persecution on account of the reasons enumerated under U.S. law. We oppose any proposal that would prevent Syrian refugees or individuals who practice Islam and other faiths from accessing the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Proposals that would have the U.S. State Department disqualify refugees from protection based on their nationality or religion fly in the face of the very principles this nation was built upon, contradict the legacy of leadership our country has historically demonstrated, and dishonor our shared humanity.” bit.ly/ FaithLeaders4ALLRefugees