Today is “International Day of Peace.” Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of that going around these days.
Take the refugee situation. No, they’re not Skittles, and yes, some of them might have ill intentions, but every single one of them is human. And humans ought to help each other out when they can.
Vet and Welcome
I’m not saying we need to blindly let everyone into the country. But how difficult is it to check someone’s background, make sure they’re not on any terror watch list and then welcome them to the good ol’ U.S. of A.? I feel like people are making mountains out of mole hills here.
Heart of the Matter
Meanwhile, we should put ample energy into trying to solve the crises that make people want or have to leave their homelands in the first place. The fact is, most refugees don’t want to leave.
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who willingly elects to be torn from their home and sometimes family, and be subject to hatred and intolerance on the level we’ve seen these past few months.
Clearly, these people can’t stay in their own countries, primarily because of violence, but also the famine and lack of basic needs (running water, etc.) that comes along with such war and strife.
Everyone deserves a safe space to live, and we should be willing and able to provide that safety and security. But instead of just relocating people, we really should put energy and resources into fixing the problem in their own homelands.
by Gordon T. Elliott