Beyond resistance: Protecting refugees and individuals fleeing violence

September 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 37th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: protecting refugees and individuals fleeing violence.

The United States has a proud tradition of offering protection and a new life to those fleeing persecution and war. This is not only important for humanitarian reasons, but for national security. The tradition must continue and the United States must do more. 

First, I’m advocating for the United States to step up and increase refugee resettlement here at home. Asylum-seekers who are working to start a new life free from violence for themselves and their families are thoroughly vetted with exhaustive background checks involving multiple agencies. We, in fact, make ourselves less safe if we prohibit these individuals from seeking refuge in the United States.

I’m also pushing for full funding of critical international assistance programs that provide humanitarian aid to refugees and other vulnerable populations. There is no more fertile ground for terrorist recruits than refugee camps devoid of basic services and educational and economic opportunities. The very least we can do is ensure that these individuals’ basic needs are met when they are displaced from their own country.

I’ll continue fighting to support and protect the world’s refugees and work to reaffirm the international leadership our country holds.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress