This is our weekly post highlighting refugee’s stories and what it is like for them to live in America. It is important to know the stories of refugees and to better understand them before making decision on policy around them. Watch this short video of refugees telling their stories of living in America.
People that are pushing for letting in fewer refugees and for putting more restriction on refugees entering this country are always using the “fact” that refugees will hurt our economy. Not only is this not true but refugees can actually help strengthen our economy. Watch this video by Al Jazeera English to find out how refugees have done this in Europe already.
Take a look at this short video about one family’s adaption to the United States.
After having to leave Syria in 2012, they then moved to Jordan. Unfortunately, refugees are not allowed to work in Jordan and so they were losing money fast.
Then they learned that they were being resettle to the US in Rockford, Illinois. After an extensive two year process, they were finally able to come to the US. The family was overjoyed being as none of them have ever been to the United States before. “We hope that we do not disappoint you.” they said referring to Americans.
Although there have been difficulties adapting to life in the US such as transportation, language, shopping and learning how to use their appliances the family is doing well. All the children are in school, the whole family is learning English and the father Mufak, will soon have a job.
There is no reason to believe that refugees and Americans cannot live in harmony. Culture is not something that is set in stone. As can be seen with this family it is possible for refugees to learn and adapt to our lifestyle and in turn we could learn from them as well. Too often are refugees seen as threats when in reality most are families just like ours trying to live the happiest and safest lives they can.
One of the family members said that what he loved most about being in America is our laws. He loved the freedom and he loved the ability to be protected by our laws. It is things like this that we tend to take for granted. We forget that there are people that cannot do virtually whatever they would like as we can.
It is important to remember that there are families like this one out there that need our help. We should be providing assistance and love to them, what they are doing is not easy.
At the end of the video the narrator days “We contain multitudes which has always strengthened us.” This quotes reminds me of our country’s motto e pluribus unum or out of many, one. We are stronger and better when we join forces, there is no reason to deny people that want to join our country the ability to do so.
Refugee stories is weekly post we will do highlighting actual refugees’ stories and showing their humanity.