The Radical Truth About Refugees, Immigrants and the American Dream

With all the recent focus on the administration suddenly banning refugees and immigrants from a number of Muslim countries (with some startling exceptions), I set out to learn if these refugees and immigrants represented the threat that Trump and the GOP claim. Well, as my 7th grade history teacher, Mrs. Wilson used to say, “‘Tain’t so!” (I grew up south of the Mason-Dixon line.)

It did not take long after I started my research to
discover the radical truth about refugees, immigrants and the American dream — almost without exception, they come here for the very same reasons our families did — freedom from persecution and the chance to work hard and realize the American dream. All the hysteria and hyperbole from Trump and the conservatives is actually more like the title of a Shakespeare play — Much Ado About Nothing!

Really?! Yes, really. For all the talk about Muslim immigrants being terrorist threats, it was just a scare tactic to get votes and distract you from the real issues, which should make you very angry.  (I’ll be talking about some of those real issues in my next post.) 

According to data compiled by New America, a think tank, “every jihadist who conducted a lethal attack inside the United States since 9/11 was a citizen or legal resident.” (You can read the report yourself here.)

This puts them in the same category with notable homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and Dylan Roof. McVeigh, an anti-government fanatic, was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people and wounded 648 — the deadliest terror attack in America before 9/11. In 2015, Roof, a white supremacist, gunned down nine African-Americans at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.

None of these terrorists would have been stopped by the type of ban instituted by the Trump administration in all its misguided zeal. But that was only one report, right? Not so fast.

Quoting from a report on CNN.com: “According to the CATO Institute, not one person from the seven countries included in the ban has killed anyone in a terror attack on US soil in the last 40 years. This includes refugees, as well.” The article goes on further to say that according to the data reviewed by the CATO Institute, “the chances of an American dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreigner in the US stands at about one in 3.6 million.” (Read it here.)

To put that in perspective, you have a one in a one million chance of dying in a plane crash or being struck by lightning. The odds are considerably worse for dying in a car accident (one in 6,700). (That’s enough to have you calling in sick and ordering pizza delivery!)  Seriously, the threat from Muslim immigrants and refugees is virtually non-existent. Add to that the fact that there are far fewer Muslims immigrating to America than the hype would lead you to believe.

According to an NBC News report (Read it here,)“Not one predominantly Muslim nation makes the list of top 10 countries of origin for legal immigrants in 2013, according to the most recent census figures compiled by the Migration Policy Institute. 

At #14, Pakistan was the top-ranked Islamic country with 13,251 legal permanent residents — just 1 percent of the total 990,553 immigrants who received Green Cards that year, the figures showed.”

Okay, if they don’t come here to kill us, what do they want? The Center for Immigration Studies says that Muslims make up roughly less than one percent of the U.S. population and they come seeking refuge from persecution, civil strife and war. They come to America for the educational opportunities and the better payoff from that education. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

When you look at the real facts (no alternative facts allowed in my blog), it’s obvious that the administration and the GOP have tried to pull the wool over our eyes. Makes you wonder what else they’re hiding!

Stand up and be counted for those who, like our ancestors, come to share in the dream of America!

Let the R.A.I.N. wash away the lies and help us all grow together!

The Divine Miss Bri

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The Divine Miss Bri

I am a freelance writer, actor, director, transwoman and activist with a passion for equality for all. My background is in advertising and media, including stints as a copywriter, account supervisor, radio program director, radio news director/anchor/reporter and radio air personality.

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