Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Refugee Crisis is a Real Crisis

The Refugee Crisis is a Real Crisis

     Have you ever been to a foreign country? Probably not. You hear everyone talking jibberish, looking at you knowing you're a tourist, reading signs, using transportation that are just as foreign such as a train or a bus that we normally don't use everyday. If you've had this opportunity or have the opportunity to go to a foreign country, take it. It's one of the biggest memories you'll ever have as a human being and hopefully come away with the conclusion that your home has meaning to you. Refugees; however, have the opposite. They are forced out of their home country and flee with tremendous risk. They can stay up to 8 years in border refugee camps that are overwhelmingly crowded and poor in condition. If they get relocate to another country such as the US, they usually don’t plan for it, for they plan on getting out of the war zone country.

     A bit off topic for vacationing in a foreign country, the refugee crisis is not a new one to the world. The modern refugee crisis started after World War II had ended with Jews going to all sorts of different cities such as Sydney, Buenos Aires, New York City, and San Francisco are just a few. However Jews for the most part fended for themselves and quietly prospered after the mass genocide in Europe and Russia. In contrast, the proceeding genocide and war refugees had it much harder. Countries such Syria, Liberia, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia/Kosovo, Sudan, and Somalia and just some prime examples of the late 20th century modern refugees who have suffered combined countless decades and have had the U.N. scrambling around for solutions. As a right-leaning critic, I see this crisis as quite problematic; however, I’m not going off a social justice limb for accepting and assimilating these groups of  people which would be very difficult for the United States. Europe has given this a try and I’ve seen first hand the effects in Germany which has a large Turkish population as well as Syria: beggars on the street in front of churches, ghettos, houses of refugees in a town of 15,000: the house would have nearly 500 refugees, unable to contribute to the workforce, and no entitlement programs that the majority population has. I’m simply underscoring this crisis. Some cities in the U.S. such as Lewiston, Maine and Atlanta, Georgia have been completely transformed for example, the public school systems around Atlanta had a rise in gang violence, ESL programs, and other effects of no early education in their home countries.

     It’s sad to see people not have their natural rights in the world and how international and bureaucratic agencies deal with the crisis. Stephen Crowder had a segment in a video where he “prank called” charities and churches that had a progressive background and asked if they could accommodate refugees in a mockingly sarcastic tone that was quite comical considering the context of leftists today being compassionate for humans’ rights and to see them deny the accommodation of refugees signals leftists don’t understand the magnitude of this crisis. The authoritarian governments of these countries had wars, no free speech, millennium long ethnic tensions, centuries’ long colonists, and no natural rights for its citizens which is exactly the recipe for disaster. However we should stop apologizing for things we need to put behind ourselves and focus on more important things. The left does this exactly by apologizing and still acknowledging slavery as the problem for our society or how awesome Scandinavian countries have it better, when in reality, “we had it pretty good back home” - Butters Stotch from South Park.