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My Position On the Syrian Refugees



Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.



"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Those words, of course, are by Emma Lazarus. Her poem, "The New Colossus," appears in bronze on the base of the Statue of Liberty. A statue given to the United States by France, our nation's oldest friend and ally... a bit of history that seems especially important just now, in light of the recent horrors in Paris.

For me, Lady Liberty and the words on her base represent the best of what this nation of immigrants is all about. One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base. If so, they surely failed to understand them.

Of course, most everyone knows the part about 'your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,' but let me draw your attention to some other lines of the poem:
-- a mighty woman with a torch... her name Mother of Exiles,
-- from her beacon hand, Glows world-wide welcome,
-- send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me.

Emma Lazarus had it right. Donald Trump and thirty-one governors have it wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Syrian refugees are as much victims of ISIS as the dead in France.

Let them in. Santa Fe, at least, will welcome them.

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Lemon Paste
Nov. 20th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Consider where they are coming from and why. The Paris bombers slipped through with the other "refugees".

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/20/soros-backed-group-launches-bid-to-keep-syrian-refugees-flowing/


http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/15/europe/paris-attacks-passports/
bently52
Nov. 20th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
ONE Syrian passport, perhaps forged. All of the rest of the killers, if not all, were European nationals. Homegrown, like many of our terrorist mass murderers. You are looking for excuses for your xenophobia. Look instead into your own heart and ask yourself why you are so fearful.

I'd be happy to have a refugee family at my house.
kurtdbusiek
Nov. 21st, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Not to mention that coming in to the US as a refugee is the slowest, riskiest way to do it. There are much, much more direct ways for Daesh operatives to get in if they want to, rather than "sneak in" as refugees, taking two years to manage it, even if they're not found out along the way.
jeds
Nov. 21st, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Jihadists don't walk: http://theleveller.org/2015/10/jihadis-dont-walk/

You think ISIS would risk an agent drowning or being mugged and dying on the side of the road?

This sort of talk is exactly what ISIS want. They WANT Western nations to turn on their Muslim populations, so that to those Muslims the only choice is the IS caliphate.

You are giving them victory.
dragonborngurl
Nov. 21st, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Great point!! You hit the nail on the head jeds! ISIS is indeed winning with every racist, fear ridden moronic comment is made and action against innocent people seeking help is implemented. I'm SO sick of hate and aggression winning over everything including rational thought on how to deal with some serious threats to our humanity and our planet. Between this situation and the upcoming Presidential race, I fear the United States is going to suffer some stressful division in the next 2 years!
Saberune
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Our binary system of government has been nurturing divisiveness for a very, very long time. I don't think the changes over the next two years are going to be nearly as profound as you expect.

Every single issue that occurs these days, including the issue of refugees, always devolves into black or white, this or that, win or lose... republican or democrat... Effectively, the gray area between two sides of an issue, where the truth almost always resides, has been eliminated. We no longer seek the truth. We no longer search for what's right. Now, we simply hope we're able to pick the winning side.

It's unfortunate, because critical thought as strongly discouraged, by both camps. All that seems to matter is that one camp strongly opposes the other. If you try to form opinions based on the information available, instead of swearing allegiance, you're shunned by both sides, which means you no longer have a voice. And if you want your voice back, you have to go one way or the other, because there is no middle. Not anymore.

I expect the next two years will be disappointingly predictable, just as the past several years have been.
Kristina Sumfleth
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Clearly you did not pay attention to recent news in addition to the lack of attention during history class in school. The "Syrian passport" found near one of the bodies was a fake. You are letting fear dictate your morals. Have some courage.
pkbitchgirl
Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Breitbart is a website for right wing nut jobs, there was once an article slamming Sesame Street for damaging childrens' morality.

Why the hell are you citing them?
Blaisem
Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Re: Let them stay at your house, George
Not to mention asking someone to take them into their house is straight hyperbole designed to strawman the argument. To put it in perspective, if every single person in the USA donated $5, great strides would be made on the refugee issue. Implying the kind of lifestyle change you're asking of George is what everyone would have to go through to accommodate refugees is pure sensationalism.

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