On Monday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced that the Trump administration will accept at most 30,000 refugees. Compared to the 110,000 ceiling set by President Barack Obama the year Donald Trump took office, it’s the lowest level since the program was enacted in 1980.
As Pompeo left the announcement podium, an audience member shouted, “Has the U.S. lost its heart?”
Yes, we have. And when we willfully ignore facts and the rational truth that refugees contribute to American society, we’ve lost our brains as well.
Time and time again, Trump and his supporters have spouted the same, tired rhetoric about "Defending American values." Those in support of the refugee cap would do well to remember the values of this country set forth by our most celebrated leaders. Our country is meant to be a beacon of light in a dark world, to be defenders of the oppressed and to stand up for those who have been wronged.
“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong,” George Washington said.