To: Rt Hon. Bill English, Prime Minister

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Double the number of people granted refugee status in New Zealand, and the associated funding

Why is this important?

We have an election this year, which means we have an opportunity to have a national conversation about the kind of country we want to be. What kind of example do we want to send to the world? Will we choose multiracial and multicultural solidarity and coexistence, or will we choose fear, hatred and anger?

Trump’s executive order to ban people from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S (except of course the ones America have big oil business with) is not only despicable, it’s not backed by any evidence that it will improve national security. Americans are more likely to be killed by their own clothes, or another American, than by someone from one of the banned countries.

New Zealand’s response should be loud and clear: We condemn Trump's xenophobic actions.

It's past time to double the number of people granted refugee status in New Zealand, and the associated funding to help refugees rebuild their lives.

In 2016, there were a reported 30,000 empty homes in Auckland alone. Let's fill those homes with refugees and homeless people, and then ensure that community groups have the government funding they need to help all of these individuals to live good lives of opportunity, safety, freedom and choice.

Wellington, New Zealand

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