Syrian Refugees

A quick link roundup.

Friends, I beg of you, do not give into fear stirred up by bigots, xenophobia, false stereotypes, and the powers of evil.

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Facts // The law passed in 2012 behind why governors’ “requests” to the Fed to “not accept refugees” are, right now, just a bunch of empty air meant to whip up panic. (Fed trumps state in declaring refugee status.)

Fear // My governor, Pat McCrory, wrote this in a letter to the Fed: “…because of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the very real possibility that one of the terrorists entered France as a recent refugee, I am requesting that the federal government cease sending refugees from Syria to North Carolina.”

More facts // Yes, one of them did enter as a “refugee” with a fake passport. But the other five confirmed so far were French nationals

Empathy. Remember that? // A Syrian refugee family in my town, Greensboro, NC, and how they’ve adjusted to life here. The most heartbreaking sentence: “Hussein and his family say they didn’t know what to expect from life in America, but it certainly wasn’t poverty.”

Sobering warning from the past // “Two-thirds of Americans polled in January 1939 — now well after the events of Kristallnacht — said they would not take in 10,000 German Jewish refugee children. […] Today’s 3-year-old Syrian orphan, it seems, is 1939’s German Jewish child.”

Inspiration // Refugees Welcome, a couchsurfing-esque website that connects people with extra rooms to refugees in need of housing. Rent is paid for, and all is facilitated through refugee NGOs. The US is not currently one of the supporting countries.

TRUTH // (added later) “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” + 11 other verses about loving foreigners.


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