The American people are divided in taking in refugees. One side calls them terrorist. The other side does not see a problem with refugees. How can we combine these to positions or at least make them come together?
From my experience, the quickest and easiest method for understanding refugees is to sit down and talk to them. If America has an issue with refugees, shouldn’t it be reasonable to step down and talk to them? Before making general assumptions about refugees like who they are, why are they coming to America, let us ask ourselves, did we meet up with at least one refugee? This is common sense.
Refugees have amazing stories, probably the best stories in the face of the planet Professor Rochelle Davis is an assistant professor in George town University and when asked his experiences with the refugees he said:
Their (the refugees) responses reveal their resilience, ingenuity, and generosity to others. Refugees all tell stories of those—known and unknown—who assisted them.
I look at the human experience and what it means to be displaced, and how much resilience people have. It’s not just about feeding them and making sure they have housing, it’s also honoring who they are and how they’re surviving this incredible, incredible trauma.
If you want to learn more about refugees, but you are extremely shy that you can not speak to a stranger than I recommend these resources from Amnesty International.
One other way to connect with refugees is with universities. American universities are known to connect people. Some new online colleges like University of the People at California cost around four thousand dollars to graduate and the cost is lifted for refugees. This college is a right step because it will help the US economy, and teach refugees valuable lesson for them to be successful and help them rebuild their country. Other online colleges like Kiron University in Germany, helps refugees gain enough knowledge through a two-year program and then help the refugees transfer to colleges like Harvard, Stanford or Yale, which would accept their credits.
America needs more schools and colleges that can teach refugees. This will benefit both the American economy and it may lower the demand of refugees trying to come to America. Also, with a proper education program, America can bring in educated refugees so that they can work in America or continue their education.
Sorry, but not sorry, America is famous for its racism. Let me begin, Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese, Irish, Jews, Japanese and now Middle Eastern and Latin Americans. Even back then, we could easily ask, “Hey, I know you really want to just murder the Indians and then make them into a sporting team’s mascot, but did you ask how would they feel about this?”
If both sides, actually once side, actually the Trump and nativist side could meet up with a refugee, I believe that they will understand that their actions are not in favor for both themselves and the refugees.