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Daniel Nayeri @DanielNayeri
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Okay here’s the thing. Most of the refugees I know don’t like to talk about it, but watching the inhumanity of this #immigration policy makes me want to mention a couple things. I was one of those kids clinging to his mom, seeking asylum... (1/16)
I spent five years (5-10) sleeping under my bed and soiling myself with anxiety. If my mom was less than 15 minutes late coming home, I would enter a full physical panic that she had been taken (she was once by the secret police in our country).
My dreams were almost entirely narratives of watching my parents taken and killed. And you have to understand, once we left our country, I didn’t leave my mother’s side for three years. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if I’d been put in those cages.
I can tell you now, it’s the single worst thing we could be doing to those children. They have suffered, and will suffer, EVERY kind of indignity—that’s what happens the whole time you’re a refugee. But I can promise you they would prefer those to this.
Can we agree, whoever you may be, that the connective tissue of the parent and child is a sacred one? Do you remember holding your baby? The power of splitting a nuclear family is horrific fallout.
I’ve read arguments from people who seem to feel no connection to these children. Just hard “pragmatism,” that says: “if their parents broke laws, and you don’t want kids separated, then you either want to imprison kids with them or stop enforcing law.”
I know that’s what it seems, but those aren’t the only options. First, you’ve probably heard already that seeking asylum is legal. I hope you never have to do it. It’s literally begging an apathetic system for your life everyday for years
We don’t even have to argue over immigration law. My short answers for you would be: yes, detain them together if you have to. Or better, admit we have a refugee crisis stemming from cartels & our drug policies, and set up better onboarding/outboarding
The second argument I see, underlying this pragmatic one, is the implication that these are undesirable people. Where did this idea come from? The poor, the underdog, the unwanted—these are building blocks of America
I mean that literally. The rich don’t keep working. The heyday of the barons was when they were scrabbling to build America, not when their grandkids faffed around Mykonos trying to become instagram models
Among those children are geniuses, future award-winners, engineers, publishers, and doctors. Trust me, they’ll come here and see what they could have if they worked hard in a mostly unrigged system
They have work ethics like you haven’t seen; it’s directly fused into their survival instinct. They’ll put us all on their backs and carry us into the future if we let them. They create jobs. They’ll pay taxes enough to be a net gain on the whole investment.
I’m telling you, past ten years in the American workaholic culture, refugee is the hottest item for a resume.
But that’s just the part they’ll deliver to your doorstep, to your community. Consider also YOUR obligation to the poor. Consider the entirety of the Bible accounts and their demands of the rich. If you’ve read it, you know. God knows.
I’ll close this up cause I gotta get back to work. But I’m begging you, give this one your attention and money. You don’t have to want open borders to solve this aspect of it. You can still reject immigrants but agree their children should be as sacred as ours.
Check out the work of RAICES or International Rescue Committee.
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