Help All Refugees

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Many people who worked directly with the U.S. military and contractors will be eligible for Special Immigrant Visas. But thousands more – human rights defenders, LGBTQ+ individuals, and peacebuilders – face violence, reprisals, and repression under Taliban rule.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the Taliban’s offensive and many are trying to flee. Given the United States role in this conflict, we have a moral obligation to provide safety to as many Afghan people as possible.

But welcoming Afghan refugees and meeting this obligation cannot and should not mean abandoning refugees from other areas of the world. Right now, political violence is raging in Ethiopia, Lebanon faces economic collapse, and Haiti grapples with yet another devastating earthquake following the assassination of its president.

It is imperative that we keep our doors open to ALL people seeking refuge.

This should not be a zero sum game — and it doesn’t have to be. The United States has a history of opening its doors to people fleeing crisis: the 1980 refugee cap was set at *231,700*.

But for decades, the U.S. immigration and refugee system has been hollowed out by xenophobes like Stephen Miller and Donald Trump, contributing to the chaos and harm we’re seeing in Kabul today. And with less than two months left in the current fiscal year and crises occurring across the globe, the United States is on track to finish with the lowest number of refugee admissions ever recorded.

And we’re seeing reports that the Biden team hasn’t made up its mind as to whether it will raise refugee admissions next year. With hundreds of thousands of Afghans fleeing because of a U.S. war and occupation, we must ensure our obligation to #WelcomeRefugees includes ALL who are forced to flee.

Will you join Representatives Barbara Lee and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to urge the Biden administration to raise the FY2022 refugee admissions cap to no less than 200,000?

The tragedies of the last few days are further proof that endless wars will not build security. Only by helping build peace and justice for all will we ourselves become truly safe.

We share the responsibility to do everything we can to root out the hatred entangled at the heart of U.S. immigration and foreign policy. It’ll require a large commitment — and an even larger outcry — but we can do it together.

Thank you for working for peace,

Stephen and the Win Without War team