I am a refugee. I have only lived in the US for 24 years. Growing up, I never felt like different; I never felt like a 'refugee' or an outsider. That was because of the way I was treated by my lighter skin neighbors during my early years in the US. The way they treated my family with kindness made me think everyone was kind and I still think the same. Then my family moved to a different part of town and we had the nastiest and racist neighbors. I was too young to understand they hated and cursed at us. When we played ball games and if the ball rolled to their yard, the old lady said some really mean stuff. I was so confused why she was so mean and angry, but because my first neighbors were so nice, I shrugged it off.
You can't change people through policies like building walls and banning them. You have to get to know them. And because of my neighbors, I've always seen the good in people and it never crossed my mind to bomb anyone. I went to school and was pretty much brainwashed that Americans were the good guys during the Vietnam War. Um...not completely true. WHO TF bombs a country that has families sharing 1 chicken leg? I'm not even exaggerating. WHO TF bombs a country with people who doesn't even have a basement to run for cover and safety. They don't even have clean water. Their life is so hard already. We're after the wrong people. It is such a false statement to ban people coming from the middle east for protection.
My mom literally swam the Mekong River for her life. Look at me, living in America with swimming classes, and I don't even know how to swim. Refugees are not the bad people here. They are coming from a place that none of us can't even live for a day or a couple hours. There are still Hmong people in the jungles of Laos to this very day, hiding from communists because they sided with the US during the Vietnam War. But I won't use this time to take away the spotlight of the Syrian refugees
Imagined if this happened when Einstein was still alive. The Nazis seized power in Germany on January 30, 1933. Just three months later, March, he quit his job, and by October, he came to the US. Then helped develop the atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Because America let him in, this unfortunate achievement was claimed by America, "Our guy was the brain behind it! Yea, we're awesome. We're smarter than you."