We did it, America!

We welcomed 10,000 Syrian Refugees this year, and Michigan was the most popular place for them – we welcomed over 1,000 of them!

We can do our part to help with the Syrian civil war, and we are already doing it!  Lots of other states took in Syrian refugees, too, including California.

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We can do more, though.

According to NBC, At least 10 states haven’t taken in a single Syrian Refugee, and about 10 more have taken in almost no one.  According to the Washington Times, the United Nations High Commission for refugees has approved over 46,000 Syrians for resettlement in the United States, and so there are at least 36,000 more who have passed the extensive background check process and been approved, but are just waiting for us to welcome them.

Yes, welcoming refugees is scary, but we can do it.

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Rosie the Riveter is from Willow Run Bomber Plant – very near our house in Ann Arbor, MI.  

  • In 1980, the US welcomed 200,000 refugees.  In 1990, we welcomed 100,000 refugees.  Since 2011, though, we have barely welcomed 50,000 per year. Until this year, when we resettled 70,000.
  • In order to be approved by the UNHCR for resettlement, refugees have to be fingerprinted, background checked, interviewed, and medically cleared.

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This family is pictured in a refugee center in Jordan, but they’re ready to move to the US – ready to learn English, go to school, get a job, learn to drive, and make new friends.

We can do it, America!  We can be good neighbors, and show our hospitality.

 

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