Refugees in Oregon Are Counting on You
With Republican Senators away from the state Capitol, HB 2508 - Oregon’s Welcoming Refugees Bill - will die waiting for a Senate vote. Without HB 2508, refugee resettlement agencies and service providers will not receive this much-needed funding, they will likely close their doors, and 2019 will be the year Oregon turns its back on refugees.
House Bill 2508 will replenish the drastically-reduced federal funding and prevent cuts to critical services for newly- and recently-arrived refugees. With the funds provided by HB 2508, refugee resettlement agencies will be able to continue offering high-quality programs and services to help new arrivals settle into life in Oregon. While our state alone cannot influence how many refugees are allowed into the U.S., with your support, our resettlement agencies and partner organizations can continue the proud work of providing hope to recently arrived refugees, and of preparing for tomorrow’s arrivals.
On June 25, 2019, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 2508 with a nearly unanimous, bipartisan vote of 55-3. Oregon’s Republican Senators need to return to work immediately to ensure that this bi-partisan bill becomes law. Oregon’s ability to continue welcoming refugees depends on these Senators returning to work!
You can help by lending your voice in support of getting HB 2508 to the Senate floor before the end of the session on Sunday, June 30.
Contact your State Senator and let them know that HB 2508 should be a priority for the Senate floor. Click here to learn who your State Senator is and get their contact information.
Tell Your State Senator...
HB 2508 must be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
They should vote YES in support of HB 2508.
HB 2508 is the only way to ensure refugee resettlement agencies can continue serving our newest neighbors.
HB 2508 is Oregon’s last line of defense to ensure Oregon remains a welcoming state for refugees.
Why it is important to you that HB 2508 passes.
You can make a difference. You can help Oregon's refugees now.