Wow! Think about this the next time you’re eating Chobani yogurt for breakfast.
Many individuals fear that refugees pose a threat as they may refuse to integrate into the American culture. Individuals believe that the refugees will not see the United States president as their president and will not work to help the cities around them. However, this story about Utica illustrates that these beliefs are merely myths and that refugees are hardworking contributors to American society. After all, being a refugee is not easy because the vetting process is enormously grueling and resettling in a new community takes a long time. Refugees do not simply absorb resources but put back into the economy and improve the towns they resettle in and therefore, should be more welcomed.
I support refugees in America because these people need our help. No matter what country they are coming from they are seeking an escape from a place that is unbearable. What people fail to see is that refugees do not necessarily want to leave and come to America; they are different from immigrants seeking a better life. Refugees are people that were forced to leave their homes because it was no longer safe to live. It is our job as a free nation to help these people to feel safe when they have been ostracized.
A couple weeks ago I went to the Newseum in Washington D.C. There is a new exhibit there with photographs of refugees from all over the world. the photos captured different points in the people’s journeys such as along the way, arriving at their destination, plain pictures of their faces and narratives about the people. These pictures helped me to see the struggles they are going through and the courage that it takes to leave their homes and seek salvation. We should be doing whatever we can to make this hardship just a little bit easier for them.