We write today as Catholics and Americans to express our strong support for resettling refugees in our states and communities and urge you to resettle at least 75,000 refugees in the coming fiscal year (FY) 2019.
As Catholics, we welcome refugees as part of our life of faith, following Jesus’ call to welcome newcomers, as they flee from persecution and seek to build new lives in our country.
We are proud that America has been a refuge for those seeking freedom, safety, and new lives. The United States is a country founded and built by immigrants and refugees. It is part of what makes our states and communities strong.
As active leaders in our communities, we know what refugees bring to our states andcommunities. Refugees have reinvigorated our economies, brought innovation, and made our communities stronger through their contributions to our public and cultural institutions. They are students, business owners, hard workers, dedicated employees, customers, elected officials, community leaders, neighbors, and friends.
As the world faces one of the largest refugee crisis ever, we want our nation to step forward and do our share to help the most vulnerable refugees through life-saving resettlement. We encourage you to visit our communities and hear from our community members, and refugees themselves, what this life-saving program has brought to our country.
We thank you for taking our Catholic voices in support of refugees into account as you set the number of refugees our country seeks to help in the coming year.