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December 17, 2006

Tell President Bush: Change Policies That Punish Refugees Fleeing Persecution

A message on the "material support" bar from our partners at Human Rights First:

During this season of thanksgiving and hope, we urge you to take a moment to write to the White House to ask President Bush to intervene to resolve the crisis that threatens to undermine America's historic role as a haven for those who seek freedom from oppression.

As many of you know only too well, thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are being prevented from receiving asylum, resettlement, or more permanent residence in this country under overly broad immigration definitions that punish the victims of persecution. The U.S. refugee resettlement program – a lifeline for those who flee oppression – has been devastated by the failure to resolve the crisis caused by this "material support" bar. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has failed to set up a process to exempt eligible refugees in the asylum process from these provisions. The administration's plans for addressing this crisis – too little too late - will leave many deserving refugees unprotected. To read the Action Alert sent to President Bush by Human Rights First, please visit: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/c/refugees/

Please join Human Rights First, the Refugee Council USA, its member organizations and others around the country to urge the President to ensure that this problem is fully addressed early in the new year. And please circulate this notice broadly to others who care about refugees and asylum seekers.

Together, we can make sure that thousands of Americans write to the White House during the holiday season to express their concern about the fates of the thousands of refugees who have been affected by this problem.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 17, 2006 07:45 AM


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