Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. (Ecclesiastes 4:1)
Relate: Four million. That is roughly the total number of Syrians who have fled their homeland and the terror that reigns there in a desperate hope for a better tomorrow. Most of them are women and children. Almost half of those, 1.93 million are living here in Turkey. These numbers don’t include those who have fled from Iraq or those who have been displaced from their homes but are still struggling to survive without leaving Syria.
One thousand five hundred. By the end of September, that is how many of these refugees will have been approved for resettlement in the US. That isn’t the number that will have actually arrived, just those given permission. That number makes me sick. I’m embarrassed to be known as an American. Roughly twice that number have died or disappeared this year in their attempt to find their way into Europe. No country is more able to absorb those in such a situation than America. Our refusal to do so makes us culpable in this global crime.
React: On April 13, this year, a Republican senator from South Carolina wrote a letter to Kerry trying to block the influx of dozens… yes dozens, of refugees into Spartanburg SC. Gowdy is chairman of the house subcommittee for refugee resettlement a large chunk of the US’s criminal negligence in this area falls on him and those in that committee. Texas congressman Mike McCaul has also been vocal in trying to stir up fear and racism in his attempts to block the admitting of any Syrian refugees into America. His goal is to bog the already ridiculously slow process down in ever more bureaucracy while the oppressed wait ever longer for the opportunity to begin their lives anew.
Respond: Here is a link where you can contact members from the Senate and the House (Immigration and Human Rights). I rarely if ever get political and The River Walk, but this injustice goes way beyond politics. “If anyone then knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it: it is sin for them.” (James 4:17) So don’t just sit there… do something.