I don’t normally speak about political issues as I do not enjoy getting into arguments with people who would rather demonize and criticize another instead of actually having a civil debate, but I’ve been feeling something put on me to speak on a subject in particular. Should the United States allow the entry of Syrian refugees? I have been absolutely disgusted by the posts I’ve seen on Facebook and that comments I have heard, especially by those who are my Christian brothers and sisters. While I don’t discuss political subjects, I am compelled to speak up about this one.
Americans are demanding a vetting process as they think people from other countries can claim the refugee status and walk right into the country. This is absolutely silly as we have a vetting process already in place and it is a stringent one. Every year, the United States accepts refugees. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. The process for refugees to enter takes 18-24 months before they are even allowed into the country. The White House even shows the process refugees must undergo before they can even enter the country. Why are we complaining about this then? It’s nonsense. People are afraid that terrorists can be disguised as refugees and enter our country to do more harm. Let’s think about this for a moment: if the process is as strenuous as it already is, and can take 18-24 months before a potential terrorist can enter, why would they go through lengths to enter the country this way? They wouldn’t. Why? It’s asinine. A terrorist would have an easier time getting a travel visa. Let’s discuss another term that comes with becoming a refugee in this country. Once a refugee has been admitted, they must now enter the process of getting a Green Card. A green card for non-American citizens allows to work in our country and to be assimilated into our culture. The background check for a green card application is also stringent. These people already have to climb multiple mountains just to be in the country and the American people are up in arms over nothing.
Americans are outraged that refugees may need some help, like the need of welfare. For refugees to receive welfare, they would have needed to be living in the country and working for at least five years. A big factor many overlook about welfare is it is not for anyone. Welfare is for children. There is also a limit to how much welfare a family could receive as well. What is upsetting is the stereotype that comes with families on welfare: they must be lazy. People often overlook that families are beyond overworked and still are not receiving enough to get by and welfare is sometimes the only option to feed their children. Of course, there are people who abuse the system, but all of the constant negativity is doing nothing but hurting those who need it the most. I am working three jobs, am now pregnant and my husband and I are barely getting by. Those negative comments hurt me and my husband while we are bending over backwards to earn an income and we’re struggling. I have a masters degree and my husband has three (nearly finished with a fourth), and we are not getting paid nearly the amount we deserve to be paid for our educational backgrounds. Surprised? You’re probably thinking that this must not be right. This is reality. People insist on judging people like us anyway. However you want to look at this, those refugees (or not) are struggling, too. My husband and I are no different from the low-income family and the refugees that are in our country right now. We are all struggling and God forbid you should extend a helping hand, even if that means helping us by giving us the food we should be able to have to survive by means of government help.
Americans insist that we cannot help refugees because we have a homeless problem right here in our country. What I find rather interesting is the introduction of social programs for the homeless in our country, but the Conservative group is completely against it. What are we supposed to do about the homeless in our country then? People are up in arms about refusing refugees because of our homeless problem but they are not willing to do anything about it.
What is a refugee, by the way? Ref – u – gee, noun, is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Let’s think in terms of a terrorist. If you were a terrorist, would you want the people you are persecuting in your country to leave? Probably not. Why? A terrorist is more likely to hold hostages in order to get what they want. The fact that these refugees are fleeing their homes hurt the terrorists. By not allowing refugees to enter the country, you are helping the terrorists. You are helping the terrorists by withholding hostages under their power. You are helping the terrorists with your xenophobia (noun, intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries). You are letting the terrorists win because you are scared.
I am going to end my blog with an excerpt from the Bible. I am not going to make any comments about the excerpt as I think it speaks for itself. I wish for you, my reader, to think about this, especially if you are Christian.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the na tons will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire pared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did to help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46, NIV).