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The U.S. needs to do more for displaced refugees

Unrest in Syria has been prevalent since 2011, when peaceful protests turned to violent riots. Since then the condition of the state has only gotten worse and left Syrian citizens with two choices: stay and watch their neighbors and family die deaths they don’t deserve, or make a dangerous trip to another nation that might be able to give them a new home.Even if granted that chance, the camps they reside in are of horrible conditions, and those camps themselves can kill refugees through lack of health care and various deadly diseases, and poor provided nutrition.

The risk for these fleeing families is enormous. In either case, staying or leaving, they could die from a dangerous journey across sea and several countries or from a disease-ridden camp that is supposed to provide them a beginning home. If these families are among the masses who don’t get accepted into other countries, they literally end up with no place to go; returning to Syria is returning to almost immediate death.

In 2015, the estimate of registered refugees was four million or greater. The estimate of total refugees is above six million. Most of those individuals had to be accepted into Middle Eastern or European countries nearby. This is one of the only cases that the nation that strives for equality and independence was of no help; the United States only accepted and integrated about a thousand refugees in the past year. For a nation that takes pride in breaking civil disputes in many nations and saving people from distressing situations, a thousand people out of four million isn’t really showing of the United State’s “helping hand.”

Part of the issue is that these innocent people aren’t seen as just that; they are seen as the violence and the terrorism occurring at “home”. Americans watch the violence from thousands of miles away in a home that has little no chance of getting bombed and in many, a jingoist voice lights up that sees everyone is those clips, even the screaming women and children, as potentially dangerous foreigners. It’s forgotten that most of the people is Syria aren’t contributing to terroristic violence, and that most are trying to live simple lives. It’s forgotten that fifty percent of the displaced people are children who aren’t able to provide for themselves, children that watched their friends and their family die, and that leaving Syria is their only chance left at life.

Individuals need to stop being grouped as a whole. These specific individuals have done nothing but search for a better life and a safer place for their families: the original purpose of the American Dream. These displaced people are searching for the same thing the pilgrims did when they came to North America: safety and a place to start over. They are people in need of a safe shelter, as much so as the families in homeless shelters in the U.S.

The number of Syrian refugees is only going to rise, and rise quickly at that. Other countries are starting to have to refuse more and more refugees because they are filled to capacity. The United States hasn’t done nearly what they can do and has the spaces, and the resources, to be able to place displaced Syrians in new homes and assimilate them into American society safely.

For more detailed facts and information about the Syrian Refugee Crisis visit the following two websites. Site One is a general snapshot about the crisis. Site two aims to focus on the impact that the refugee crisis on children and the needs of all refugees.

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Sierra Rehm
Sierra Rehm
Hi, it’s Sierra here. I have been a member of the Gull Lake community for my lifetime so far. I have always lived, learned, and grown in the Richland area. This year is my Senior year at Gull Lake and my third and final year as a staff member on the Reflection. My time working on the paper has not only evolved my skill and grown my passion for writing and reporting, it has heightened my sense of school spirit. For the past two years I have contributed as the staff video editor, as well as feature and entertainment editor; which means I monitor and edit articles within those areas on the website. In total I have won three MIPA awards within the two prior years on staff,(first, honorable mention, and third) all of which involve video production. I spend the rest of my time doing school work, writing for personal enjoyment, working, or spending time with friends.

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