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Refugee Crisis: Welcoming the Stranger
How are we called to welcome the stranger? In these times, with a record number of refugees around the world, welcoming the stranger is no longer just an ideal—it must be the reality that we practice.
Spurred by the Syrian refugee crisis, in the coming weeks the House and Senate will both hold hearings on refugees. This is a chance for members to consider not only how the U.S. can respond and help in these circumstances but also the importance of openness for immigration and refugee policies in the long term.
The rhetoric around the hearings is already dangerously Islamophobic, and it could be used to foster fear and cultivate anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim sentiment to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
As invaders and occupiers in Iraq—and as a nation of immigrants and refugees—the U.S. has a special responsibility to people affected by ongoing violence in Iraq, Syria, and neighboring countries. The years of U.S. economic and military warfare in Iraq destabilized the region and contribute to the violence in Syria today.
The civil war in Syria and conflicts worldwide have displaced a record number of people. Today the global community faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with upwards of 60 million people displaced worldwide. Syrian refugees alone, either internally displaced or seeking resettlement, total approximately 12 million.
From Syria to Afghanistan to Somalia, global refugee crises stem from deadly conflicts which will continue absent inclusive, political solutions. It is our responsibility to welcome those most in need, offer refuge and lift up our shared humanity. We call on the United States to welcome refugees at home and reinvigorate diplomatic efforts abroad to prevent ever-worsening refugee crises in these war-torn regions. These people need somewhere to go. We are not safer with higher walls. We're safer with stronger bridges. Please act today. To learn more, read FCNL's statement on the moral imperative to welcome refugees.