The United States tends to have an unspoken policy where more refugees and asylees are permitted to remain within U.S. borders so long as their country of origin has ideologies which disagree with the United States’. In that case, why is the United States choosing to take so many less refugees?
Many argue that the United States simply does not have the resources to resettle the sheer amount of refugees who have fled their home countries. However, those individuals fail to remember that refugees are not incapable of being great additions to the American economy. According to the Washington Post, in one case, “over the course of a decade, refugees created at least 38 new businesses in the Cleveland area alone.”
While it is difficult for refugees to resettle and find jobs in their new environments, the process would be expedited if U.S. policy were more lenient. Refugees lose their families and their networks are decimated in the horrors of fleeing persecution. When refugees resettle, they often do not know people in the area and therefore, cannot tap their networks for resources. On top of the burden of culture shock and loneliness, refugees are forced to go through many screening services. The screening services that refugees endure often have many flaws including language barriers causing refugees more stress. America’s duty is to be a firm but welcoming host to individuals who have fled countries terrorizing their own people.
Making the vetting process better adapted to the needs of refugees would improve their resettlement process remarkably.
America does have a status to uphold but its consistently boasts itself as one of the greatest and most powerful countries. The United States are leaders and need to set an example for other countries, particularly if the United States is to expect other countries to help in the refugee crisis. After all, if the U.S. is to brag about being the land of the free, they must do their part in protecting the freedoms of all individuals, especially those who are in dire need because they face persecution.