The Next Three Weeks

In early October the fiscal year ends for refugee resettlement for the year in the US and the new year, new budgets and most importantly new numbers of people we will potentially accept will be set. The US has had a refugee resettlement program since WWII and it’s operated much as it is now since the Refugee Act of 1980. The program has been under assault in criticism since the campaign and in reality since the current administration has taken office despite none of the complaints being true. The are heavily vetted. They contribute to the US economy. None have … Continue reading The Next Three Weeks

America at its Best

Beauty. I was at the dentist today with a Muslim friend from Pakistan/Afghanistan. Her translator, an Indian Sikh man with a turban and her and myself were speaking in broken bits of three languages. Urdu between them, her Pashto, and my English to each of them. An elderly white lady came through the door with a walker and the Sikh man jumped up to help her. She didn’t look up at him and settled in behind us. A few minutes later as we were chatting about all kinds of random subjects the lady in the walker behind me spoke up … Continue reading America at its Best

Our Double Standard

  They should follow the same logic.  Either we should talk about both gun control and immigration or we should not let immigrants be banned because of a wicked person. Why is this our normal? The gun conversation rebuke has happened around every mass shooting I can remember since Columbine. “Now is not the time to talk about gun control.” Why? No time is made to talk about it when there isn’t a shooting but we are heavily rebuked from approaching the subject when there is a shooting. When? When? Why is the subject off the table? When is it okay … Continue reading Our Double Standard

Fueling Fear

I have google alerts set to refugees. Which means I get an email every day with a sweep of the web on anything that comes up with “refugee” mentioned. I haven’t even dented the pile of news articles, blogs, and other random web findings surfacing the word refugee that I move to a folder to read later each day. I opened the google alert for yesterday and saw a title that caught my eye. I clicked on the Fox News article. I read it. I read it because it sounded odd. Syrian refugees? Why mention that specific people group? Knowing … Continue reading Fueling Fear