In an action that is certainly un-American and un-Christian, the governor of Texas has chosen to crush the hope of refuge and file a lawsuit to keep the door of the inn blocked for a Syrian refugee family.
The reason given for this action by the State of Texas is allegedly to protect the residents of Texas from terrorists, who would presumably use a refugee family for cover to enter the state.
Let’s look at the facts. We are talking about a real family, parents and five children. They fled Syria into Jordan more than two years ago and have been living in a refugee camp since that time. During those two years, they have been investigated by the United Nations, Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and they have been cleared for entry into the United States as refugees. Not so! In a surprising refusal to assurances of the presence of no security risk, the family’s hope of refuge in Texas has been dashed by legal action.
One cannot but recall the refusal of refuge to 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s Nazi Germany in 1939. Within sight of Miami on board the St. Louis, the refugees were repeatedly denied refuge and were returned to Europe. How many of them died in Nazi death camps? God only knows. The incident lives in infamy.
Does the governor really think a terrorist would spend two years in a refugee camp, and submit to the 24 month vetting process, in order to sneak into Texas when he could much more easily enter with a passport, his own or a forged one?
The governor is rightfully concerned for the security of Texas residents, but the means he has chosen is a betrayal of Texas’ great tradition of friendliness and hospitality. Let us protect the values on which our nation was built. Let us not use this unfortunate family as a pawn in a political game.
We pray that the governor will find a more merciful and humanitarian solution rather than persist in his present course of action.
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