June 20th is World Refugee Day. This year I find it’s more important than ever to discuss this subject. With the horrors that is happening so close to home and the grumble about refugees locally.
It’s important to understand that with global warming, war, discrimination, unress and overpopulation, there will be more and more families seeking refuge elsewhere.
It’s important to remember that these people came here for the same reasons any one of us would do whatever we could to escape, because they want to survive, and they want their children to be safe. They all flee misery, hunger and a country where they see no future.
It’s not an either/or situation. We can help immigrants, homeless, mentally ill and many others. We have been blessed with many resources. There is absolutely no reason to separate families and threat human beings with less respect than we have for animals.
“‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter” – George Takei
It’s also important to remember that when it comes to Mexican’s, they are first nation people, not immigrants. They have more rights to be here than white people. As first nation people we didn’t cross the borders, the borders created by people who stole the land, separated us.
Welcoming refugees to our country is a principle that transcends politics. It’s the right thing to do. Compassion is Key.