Tell your governor to reconsider decision and support refugees

If your governor has expressed opposition to Syrian refugees settling in your state, tell him or her that you are disappointed with this dangerous decision by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have said no and their contact information at the bottom of this page.

Sample Letter

Governor [name of your governor]

State of [name of state]

State Capital Building

[City, State, Zip]

 

Dear Governor [name of your governor],

In the wake of recent tragic events in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, my heart grieves with the rest of the world for the victims and their families. The terror inflicted by Daesh is familiar to many in the Middle East, and is driving the current refugee crisis. Having fled their homes and communities in the wake of brutal civil war and rampant terror, Syrian refugees now rely on other nations to provide safety. Unfortunately, they are not always welcomed. When calamity strikes and we as world citizens spread fear and division, we are giving in to the despair and suspicion that extremists are trying to spread. However, if we are united in our actions and remain committed to our values of freedom and opportunity, we demonstrate resilience.

Your announcement to suspend efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in [name of state] is disappointing and dangerous, and does not do justice to the millions of refugees and immigrants who have made this country their home. Refusing to allow refugees, who already undergo a stringent process, to settle in [name of state] compromises our American values and our safety. As you are already aware, all refugees undergo a rigorous 13-step screening process before arriving to the U.S. This screening is in place to ensure they are not a threat to our security. As the elected representative of the people of [name of state], I—along with the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE—implore you to stick to issues that help promote unity, rather than use divisive methods that serve only to weaken the communities you represent. 

I urge to reevaluate your decision and support Syrians’ right to refuge. You must act now.

Sincerely,

[insert name/title/organization here]

 

Sample Tweet

[Insert governor's Twitter handle] Please reconsider your decision and promise to welcome Syrian and all refugees #RefugeesWelcome @NNAAC @takeonhate 

 

Governors

Nikki Haley, South Carolina

Tel:(803)734-2100 
email: governor@govoepp.state.sc.us

@nikkihaley

 

Robert Bentley, Alabama

governorrobertbentley@governor.state.al.us 

334.242.7100

@governorBentley

 

Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas

Tel:(501)682-2345 
email: info@governor.arkansas.gov

@asahutchinson 

 

Doug Ducey, Arizona

Tel:(602)542-4331 11/98
email: azgov@azgov.com

@Dougducey

 

Rick Scott, Florida

(850) 717-9337
email: Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com

@flgovscott

 

Nathan Deal, Georgia

Tel:(404)656-1776 
email: georgia.governor@gov.state.ga.us

@governordeal 

 

CL “Butch” Otter, Idaho

Tel:(208)334-2100

governor@gov.idaho.gov

@butchotter

 

Mike Pence, Indiana

Tel:(317)232-4567
email: MPENCE@state.in.us

@govpencein

 

Bruce Rauner, Illinois

Tel:(217)782-0244 
email: governor@state.il.us

@govrauner

 

Sam Brownback, Kansas

Tel:(913)296-3232 
email: Constituent@governor.wpo.state.ks.us

@govsambrownback

 

Matt Bevin, Kentucky

Tel:(502)564-2611 Check
email: governor@mail.state.ky.us

@govstevebeshear

 

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana,

Tel:(504)342-7015 Check
email: lagov@linknet.net

@bobbyJindal

 

Paul LePage, Maine

Tel:(207)287-3531 11/98
email: governor@state.me.us

@Governor_lepage

 

Charlie Baker, Massachusetts

Tel:(617)727-3666
email: GOffice@state.ma.us

@Massgovernor

 

Larry Hogan, Maryland

Tel:(410)974-3901 
email: http://www.gov.state.md.us/mail

@Larryhogan

 

Rick Snyder, Michigan

Tel:(517)373-7858 
email: snyder@michigan.gov

@onetoughnerd

 

Phil Bryant, Mississippi

Tel:(601)359-3100

http://www.governorbryant.com/contact/

 ltgov@senate.ms.gov

@philbryantms

 

Pete Ricketts, Nebraska

Tel:(402)471-2244 

jodee@mail.state.ne.us

@Govrickettes

 

Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire

Tel:(603)271-2121 

ww.governor.nh.gov/contact/index.htm

@governorhassan

 

Chris Christie, New Jersey

Tel:(609)292-6000 

http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/governor/govmail/govmail_1c_new.pl

@govchristie

 

Susana Martinez, New Mexico

Tel:(505)827-3000 
email: gov@gov.state.nm.us

@gov_martinez

 

Brian Sandoval, Nevada

Tel:(702)687-5670 
email: governor@govmail.state.nv.us

@govsandoval

 

Pat McCrory, North Carolina

Tel:(919)733-4240 
email: governor.office@governor.ncmail.net

@patmccrory

 

John Kasich, Ohio

Tel:(614)466-3555

info@johnkasich.com

@johnkasich 

 

Mary Fallin, Oklahoma

Tel:(405)521-2342 
email: https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/formbuilder/form.php?form_id=0d5f27f90f279a5b64535ec11836f> 37cbb20807e960b2c0aa58b9f358

@govmaryfallin

 

Bill Haslam, Tennessee

Tel:(615)741-2001 
email: vbill.haslam@state.tn.us

@billhaslam

 

Greg Abbott, Texas

Tel:(512)463-1762

email: governor@state.tx.us 

@gregabbott_tx

 

Scott Walker, Wisconsin

Tel:(608)266-1212 
email: wisgov@mail.state.wi.us

@govwalker

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