us as we stand with our U.S. partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee
Service (LIRS), and take action to support and protect Syrian refugees who are
forced to flee violence in their communities. Please take a moment to read an
urgent message from Brittney Nystrom, LIRS Director for Advocacy, and learn how
you can make a difference today.
more information on LIRS efforts to support Syrian refugees, visit lirs.org/Syria.
Support and Protect Syrian Refugees
In light of the tragic attacks in Paris, we must stand together
with vulnerable Syrian refugees who seek safety and a future. Reacting out of
fear, Governors of over 25 states along with Members of Congress, have proposed
extreme measures that would exclude all Syrian refugees from the protection of
the United States resettlement system. This is not an acceptable response to
Our faith calls us to
stand for welcome, even in the wake of fear. "Make sure that nobody pays back
wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for
everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:15 As people of faith,
we cannot turn our backs on our Syrian brothers and sisters as they flee the
same violence from which we seek to protect ourselves.
The United States refugee resettlement program has a sophisticated and
multi-layered approach to vetting any
prospective refugee prior to entering our country. Indeed, refugees are the most highly
screened population that enters the United States. The current screening
process often takes years to complete and includes face-to-face interviews,
database checks, and biometrics by the Department of Homeland Security, FBI,
Department of Defense and multiple intelligence
LIRS asks that you contact
your Governor and Members of Congress TODAY and urge them to protect Syrian
refugees. Your tireless commitment to protecting the world's
most vulnerable does make an impact. Please consider
forwarding this alert to your friends to amplify your voice!
There are two ways that you can take action:
While the United States must balance the integrity of our
resettlement system with our desire to provide protection to vulnerable
refugees, we must
not bow to fear. As
Christians, as Americans, and as global citizens we must stand for welcome.
We will keep you informed as Congressional action continues to center on Syrian
refugees. I remain grateful for your commitment to vulnerable populations,
especially as so many are responding with fear rather than welcome and
Director for Advocacy