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  • Read the New York Declaration, an agreement by all UN member states which expresses the political will to protect the rights of refugees and share this responsibility on a global scale.
  • Read H.R.2146/S.1088, also known as the GRACE Act, or “Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement Act.” Introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), H.R.2146 was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary on April 9, 2019, and to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on April 15, 2019. This bill aims “to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the President to set a minimum goal for the number of refugees to be admitted” at 95,000 per year. 
  • Learn more about how the GRACE Act effects the National Capital Area.
  • Learn about how the United Nations is working to improve the conditions of refugees and displaced people around the world:
  • Learn about other U.S. legislation that aims to uphold the dignity and rights of refugees:
    • Read S.Res.32, also known as “a resolution recognizing January 27, 2019, as the anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban, and urging the President to demonstrate true leadership on refugee resettlement.”
    • Read H.R.615, also known as the “Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019.”
    • Read H.R.2140, also known as “to prevent child marriage in refugee settlements administered by the United Nations, and for other purposes.”
  • Get involved with local organizations that assist refugee resettlement and integration:
  • Read about how refugees contribute immensely to America’s economy and society.
  • Learn about the record number of refugees displaced across the world.
  • Contact your representative in Congress telling them that you stand #WithRefugees and you demand their support for the GRACE Act. You can use these talking points to help!
  • Read a blog post from former UNA-NCA Program Assistant Sean Coffey on the effect of the current refugee policies on asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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  • 70.8 million people around the world are displaced, but the U.S. only agreed to welcome 30,000 refugees in 2018. Tell your Congressman to #standwithrefugees and vote yes on the GRACE ACT! https://buff.ly/2XSjLfX 
  • Did you know the U.S. closed its doors to thousands of European refugees during WWII? If you don’t want history to repeat itself, contact your Representative and tell them to vote yes on the #GRACEACT #refugeeswelcome https://buff.ly/2XSjLfX  
  • An unprecedent number of people are displaced around the world. Yet, the Trump Administration has drastically reduced the U.S. refugee admission numbers to the lowest in modern times. Tell your Representative to stand up to the President and #standwithrefugees https://buff.ly/2XSjLfX 
  • In 2015 alone, nearly 200,000 refugee entrepreneurs generated $4.6 billion in business income. Tell your Representative that #refugeesmatter and to vote yes on the GRACE ACT! https://buff.ly/2XSjLfX
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