More than 500 national and local faith leaders have sent a letter to all members of Congress opposing recent anti-refugee legislation and urging lawmakers to “demonstrate moral leadership and affirm their support for the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States.” Signers of the letter include more than 152 bishops, 450 local pastors, rabbis, imams,… Continue »

On the heels of two open letters to Congress in support of refugees — one letter signed by 20 national security experts including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and a second letter signed by the Mayors of over 60 U.S. cities — more than 1000 rabbis signed a letter to Congress yesterday in support… Continue »

While some two dozen Republican Governors have publicly announced Syrian refugees are not welcome in their states — a political stunt these Governors cannot lawfully back up — a host of national security experts, military leaders, and over 60 mayors have signed letters telling Congress to uphold American values and welcome Syrian refugees. One letter… Continue »

Earlier this week, Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie took a break from yelling at schoolteachers to examine “what options his administration has to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state and receiving financial aid,” the Wall Street Journal said. Christie’s double-down comes in response to the federal government resettling a Syrian family of seven… Continue »

We recently noted the growing chorus of observers — ranging from respected columnists to religious leaders — condemning the fearmongering in the House that resulted in bipartisan passage of a bill making it practically impossible for desperate Syrians fleeing war to seek refuge in the United States. Last week, as families across the nation celebrated… Continue »

A number of observers are condemning the anti-refugee fearmongering on display last week in Congress and the campaign trail and are instead calling on elected leaders and the country as a whole to live up to American values and ideals. Said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, “Despite the ugly, bipartisan vote in Congress last… Continue »

Today, by a 289-137 margin, the House voted in favor of legislation that would effectively end the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.  Following is a statement in response from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: “This was a shameful day in the U.S. House of Representatives—for both parties.  We… Continue »

Leader Reid: “We Come to aid of those in need.  And right now, we are needed” Washington, DC— Both chambers of Congress are hurtling towards votes on legislation designed to halt the resettlement of refugees from war-torn Syria.  The choice confronting lawmakers is stark – between standing up for American values or standing with Donald… Continue »

Earlier this week, we noted the growing chorus of Democratic leaders from the Senate and House who have slammed Congressional efforts to close the doors shut on refugees fleeing violence and death in Syria. Now, that chorus has grown into a strong bipartisan movement condemning the baseless fear-mongering that reaches far beyond the halls of Congress.… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “We must protect America and protect refugees” As Governors try to lock their state’s doors to Syrian refugees, Congress prepares legislation to shut them out of America, and some even call for a return to internment camps, the human stories at the heart of this humanitarian crisis have not received the attention they deserve.… Continue »