Hey guys! Just in case you didn’t know, today is world refuge day. According to the UNHCR, there are about 65.6 million forcibly displaced people world wide. That’s almost 66 million people who were forced to uproot their lives and their families and flee for safety, they had to literally run for their lives. This problem isn’t new, it’s been going on for a long time and isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s estimated that over 28,000 people are forced to flee their homes everyday. There people are driven away from their homes by war, famine, religious persecution, political unrest, and many other forms of persecution.
The refugee crisis has recently come to the spot light following President Trump’s refusal to allow refugee’s into America citing unfounded national security concerns which have only functioned to feed the fear and hysteria surrounding not only refugees, but also all people of middle eastern decent. However, Trump can not be completely to blame considering this fear has been fostered and encouraged by multiple groups over the past sixteen years. The truth is according to the U.S Department of State each every refugee goes through a strict and thorough vetting process. When a refugee applies to come to the United States as a refugee they are vetted by the CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and many others including the Counter Terrorism Task Force. Considering the state of affairs in the counties these people are fleeing the American government spares no expense in making sure these people pose no threat to the American people. In addition to this extensive background check (which can take months, even years) the refugee is required to appear for a in person interview where the DOS and the intelligence community can verify all the information they have gathered on the refugee. Please note, if they run into any reg flags, the refugee is denied.
Following this interview the the refugee goes through a second vetting process where their bio metrics (finger prints, DNA, etc.) are ran through all of our databases as well as several other data bases we have access to throughout the world. Again if there are any reg flags, they are denied. Last, but not least. Refugees are required to go through a medical screening to make sure they are not bringing ant diseases into the United States. If a disease is found, they are denied.
Given the wealth of information we have on the refugee vetting process here in America, it is completely irrational to assume that incoming refugees pose any threat to the American people. The truth is we a duty to help these people, as Americans. But as Christians, we are even further obligated to help these people in their time of need. It may seem like we already host a lot of refugees but the truth is we host less than 16% of all refugees in the entire world.
In fact, many of the countries that host the most refugees are third-world countries giving our of their need to help these people. The Bible tells us ‘To whom much is given, much is required” in America even the poorest have much more than these refugees do. Is it insane to think that Jesus would want us to give out of abundance that He has given us, and save the lives of people who literally have nothing but the clothes they are wearing.
I believe that it isn’t only my duty to stand with the refugees; it’s my honor and my privilege. No one will ever appreciate freedom more than they do. Because they actually know what it feels like to be deprived of their basic human rights. We never have.
Let’s have compassion on these people who like ourselves are ‘sojourners in a land not our own’ (the means refugee)
P.S – Refugee’s also know how to work and will do jobs most Americans won’t so they’ll make money, work, buy, it would actually help our economy not destroy it. But that’s a post for another time.
Take care guys!