Posts in Refugees & Immigration
America's True Motives for Welcoming Refugees

Over the past two years, many refugee advocates have urged the U.S. to return to a time in her history when we welcomed refugees simply because it was the right thing to do. They nostalgically recall a time when we welcomed the downtrodden and persecuted as humanitarians, rather than using them as political pawns. Unfortunately, though, what these advocates recall is a myth and not a historical reality. Those who truly care about the plight of more than 25 million refugees around the world, must rightly remember America’s refugee resettlement history if we are to move forward into a more compassionate future.

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4 Ways to Meet a Refugee

Every day refugees arrive in the U.S. from all over the world. They each have a unique story to share and their experience is invaluable for teaching us about the resiliency of the human spirit. Refugees have been cast in a negative light over the past several years. They have been called dangerous, a threat to our national security, and a drain on our resources. There are many posts on this blog that explain why this is not true. But while knowledge about refugees is valuable, I have found that it is actually relationship that changes people's hearts toward the displaced. Here are 4 ways that you can meet a refugee, in order to hear their story and build a relationship that may just change your life.

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Welcoming Refugees at Christmas: A Few Tips

Last week I gave you 30 ideas for welcoming refugees during the holidays. This week I want to talk through some important issues that you should be aware of if you plan to adopt one of those ideas for welcoming refugees at Christmas. This is not an exhaustive list of tips, by any means, but my hope is that they will get you thinking in a sensitive and nuanced way as you incorporate refugees and immigrants into your Christmas traditions.

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Welcoming Refugees During the Holidays: 30 Ideas

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for refugees and immigrants who are far from home and familiar traditions and may also be separated from family members. Our own holiday traditions and celebrations can provide an amazing opportunity to welcome the stranger into our homes and introduce them to the American holiday of Thanksgiving or the American cultural aspects of Christmas. It is also a great time for us to learn more about our refugee friends and to ask them about their holiday traditions. Here is a list of ideas for welcoming refugees during the holidays. Pick one and make welcoming refugees and immigrants one of your family's holiday traditions.

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Advocacy and the Democratic Process

As a child, I traveled to Washington D.C. like many American school children do, to visit the historic seat of our country's government. I toured the Capitol building, staring up in awe at the ceiling of the rotunda, and admiring the gilded hallways leading to the House and the Senate. I visited every memorial on the National Mall, reading quotes from our Founding Fathers about the merits of democracy. But I never actually learned that I could play a significant role in the democratic process as an American citizen. I never learned how to call or write to my Representative or Senators, so I didn't realize that my opinions mattered to them.

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First They Killed My Father: A Film Review

First They Killed My Father is a Netflix original film directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the book with the same name written by Loung Ung. At the age of five, Loung survived the Cambodian genocide, which was carried out by the Communist Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. Through Loung’s eyes the audience witnesses the evacuation of Phnom Penh, the scattering of her family, her fight for survival while training as a child soldier, and ultimately, her journey to freedom and reunion with her siblings.

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