In a gross display of political opportunism, some politicians seized on the tragedy in Orlando to launch new attacks on America’s long tradition of offering refuge to families fleeing persecution abroad. This kind of loose talk should be named for what it is: weak and un-American.
A new report reminds us that many refugees embody the best of the American heritage. Roughly 3 million refugees currently live in the United States, and most manage to integrate into the American family. The report’s authors, David Dyssegaard Kallick and Silva Mathema, show that within a decade of arrival, refugees are nearly as likely as their US-born neighbors to have a job, open a business, speak English, and own a home. Given the linguistic, cultural, financial, and other challenges that complicate integration, it is remarkable how quickly many refugees integrate into their new communities.
In spite of the fact that none of the recent mass-shooters were refugees, a surprising number of politicians assert that refugees pose a threat. Claiming that we don’t know anything about people trying to enter the United States as refugees is disingenuous at best. The Refugee Resettlement Program entails a vetting process more extensive than most avenues for entering the United States. Read more