Refugees: Damaging allies vs. enemies narrative

Re: “Washington state ready to welcome 1,700 Afghan refugees, Gov. Jay Inslee says” [Oct. 22, Local News]:

Whereas I’m delighted that the U.S. is resettling Afghans, I can’t cease enthusiastic about our response to Syrian refugees and the politics of refugee admission. For many people, the image of toddler Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish seashore remains to be contemporary in our recollections. The media and lots of political leaders referred to as for motion utilizing a humanitarian body to deal with the disaster, which rapidly gave method to a safety body after the November 2015 Paris assaults, leading to restrictive refugee admission.

How political leaders and the media body refugees have coverage implications. Syrian refugees have been introduced as a menace to U.S. nationwide safety and enemies of the Western world, unworthy of resettlement and statehood. In distinction, framing our Afghan refugees as “allies” has impressed a better duty and obligation from the U.S. for his or her safety.

In accordance with the Watson Institute for Worldwide and Public Affairs, the U.S. post-9/11 wars have forcibly displaced at the least 37 million folks, exceeding these displaced by each warfare since 1900, besides World Warfare II. Whereas we pat ourselves on the shoulder for resettling Afghans, let’s not overlook our duty and obligation to all refugees.

Someireh Amirfaiz, Belleuve | Refugees: Damaging allies vs. enemies narrative

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