I held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered
– Warsan Shire

All around the world people are suffering. Domestically are dealing with racial inequalities, xenophobia, and homelessness. Abroad we have people also being persecuted for their beliefs, their livelihood ravaged by civil wars, and having their homes blown up by airstrikes from the righteous foreign countries trying to take out the bad guys.

After the attack in Paris I was scared. Not for myself, but because my brother is abroad and he’s the kind of guy who would go to a concert in Paris to hear music he doesn’t like just for the experience. I was worried about my brother. After getting in contact with my brother I couldn’t shake the feeling of emptiness I had – just that hollow feeling. How many sisters lost their brothers on Friday? How many people lost someone they loved? Then I thought, how many times a week does this happen to the people living in the Middle East? Why do people think it is acceptable to visit such devastation on others?

Syria is fighting a civil war inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions. It began in 2011 as a chain of peaceful protests. In July 2011, army defectors declared the formation of the Free Syrian Army and began forming fighting units. To escape the violence, over 12 million Syrian refugees fled to neighboring countries – half are children. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. More than 700,000 refugees and other migrants risked their lived to travel to Europe.

The Syria crisis has affected over 12 million people. That’s more than the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami COMBINED!

Now we have the potential for refugees from Syria coming to the United States. We have half of our nation’s governors attempting to close their state off to them. The American public on whether or not allowing refugees to seek asylum in the country is a tangible threat. This really makes me wonder, what the hell is the matter with you people?!

Yes – we have issues in this country that need to be taken care of. If half of you people complaining about “your tax dollars being spent on refugees while we have homeless people” actually got up to help some homeless people, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have a crisis anymore.

To echo Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) [yeah, I can’t believe it either] if we can’t take on our fair share of Syrian refugees we should probably just ship the Statue of Liberty back to France because we forgot what it stands for. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

People are hurting. They are in crisis. Should the United States take in refugees from Syria? Absolutely! Should we take in all of them? Nope – it is not feasible for us to do that. What the United States should do is what we all should do every day, as much as we possibly can. We don’t have to do EVERYTHING, but we have to do SOMETHING. Most importantly…


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