There’s a new threat facing refugees seeking safety in the US, and we have just a short window of opportunity to stop it in its tracks.

President Trump has put forward an extremist anti-immigrant nominee, Ronald Mortensen, to lead the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees – one of the most important positions for shaping refugee resettlement policy.

Ronald Mortensen has a history of denouncing immigrants. Not only does he think the US should close its borders to people fleeing violence, but that foreign countries should do the same. This could lead to more suffering and instability for families forced to flee for their lives from countries like Syria, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Please call your senators right now to tell them to block the Mortensen nomination and uphold the American legacy of compassion for people seeking safe haven.

Dial 1-866-374-0409 and we’ll connect you to your senators’ offices automatically.

Here’s what you can say:

As your constituent, I’m calling to urge you to OPPOSE the nomination of Ronald Mortensen for Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

We need someone in this position who epitomizes America’s spirit of compassion and partnership. With a history of anti-immigrant rhetoric, Mortensen simply does not. Please vote NO on the Mortensen nomination.

Feel free to add your own talking points. And if your senators say they are opposing Mortensen’s nomination, please thank them for standing with refugees and immigrants.

Connie, these calls are so important.

Tomorrow, on World Refugee Day, we’re bringing resettled refugees to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and tell their stories. We need to flood the phone lines to make sure our elected officials know where we stand. Can we count on you to do your part for refugees?

All you have to do is call 1-866-374-0409 to be automatically connected with your senator. It will only take a few minutes.

The United States has a long and proud history of welcoming people fleeing violence, war, and persecution. Thank you for standing up for American values.


Gina Cummings
Campaigns Director
Oxfam America Action Fund