Granting such small numbers of desperate refugees permission to enter the U.S. is gravely immoral.
In contrast, according to the UNHCR, the tiny nation of Lebanon is host to the largest number of refugees relative to its national population – where one in every six persons is a refugee. That's equivalent to the U.S. taking in 55 million refugees!
Please email and call your two U.S. senators and congressperson (Capitol switchboard number: 202-224-3121) urging them to robustly increase funding to poorer nations like Lebanon who are struggling to host millions of refugees. Additionally, urge them to allow at least 110,000 refugees – as proposed by Obama – into the U.S. this coming fiscal year.
It is also very important to strongly request your congressional delegation to significantly increase – not cut – Department of State funding for comprehensive negotiated diplomatic interventions into all areas throughout the world suffering from armed conflicts that are causing the refugee crisis. And insist they stop fueling these armed conflicts by ending weapon sales and grants.
Also, kindly consider a generous refugee donation to Catholic Relief Services.
And please sign this UNHCR pledge.
Let's tirelessly work and pray to be a part of the refugee solution, and not a part of what Pope Francis calls the "culture of indifference."
Editor's note: Tony Magliano will be speaking at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago on Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-8 p.m. The theme of Tony's talk is "Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century." All are welcome.