Friday, August 26, 2016

Title: U.S. to Admit More Central American Refugees


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-Summary/Reaction to the Article: The article details an expansion of an already existed program that allows unaccompanied minors to come to the US as refugees and then allows their families to be legally allowed as caregivers.  The program is designed to help Central American refugees and since the program began two years ago, there have been 9,500 applicants.  In addition, Costa Rica has agreed to be host sites to help refugees from Central American countries go through their first security screenings.  Trump and the Republicans are opposed to this policy and believe the Obama administration is “misusing authority.”  

-US History Connection: This article relates to the Refugee Act of 1980.  In 1980, the US created a new category of immigrants who could be allowed into the US due to fear for their lives if they remain in their home country.  The current policy with Central American refugees is simply a continuation of the original goals of the refugee program.  

-Question for Discussion: How might the US continue to admit refugees into the country in the future?  Should the focus be on admitting children and families?  Should the US focus on specific regions that need assistance?  

40 comments:

  1. So the poem on the Statue of Liberty says that America is the "golden door" and that those who are struggling should come to the US. This poem suggests that the US should let in all refugees that need assistance, but I am not sure if that is a realistic policy in the present day. Perhaps the best approach would be for the US to work more with the United Nations to try and coordinate refugee efforts with other nations so that as many people who need help are accepted to countries that can help them.

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  2. The US should be allowing all immigrants and refugees because the Statue of Liberty says that America is a "golden door" and if you are struggling you should be able to flee to America. The US is known for allowing all refugees and immigrants of many backgrounds, so why would we stop now? We would be going back on our word and become hypocritical if we refuse to help those who need it.
    America should be focusing on children because children are the future of generations. We should also be focusing on regions that need help the most because an unsafe country is not a habitable country.

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  3. I agree with lauren in that america should be a place of opportunity for anyone not just the legal citizens

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  4. I agree with what America is doing because these immigrants are refugees and are leaving a place to help themselves and their family and I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to succede.

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  5. Since the Statue of Liberty says that America allows immigrants, I believe that the US has already become hypocritical with all of the immigrant policies that do not allow immigrants. Immigrants come here for a new life and another chance in succeeding. We should allow as many immigrants in as we can because it is written on the bottom the the Statue of Liberty, a symbol for freedom and chance.

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  6. I think that the U.S should have a place of opportunity for the refugees in America because the U.S was built on the American dream of having equal opportunities and such.

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  7. I agree with Hans since we still do today believe in the American Dream and should still practice this moral by creating paths to opportunity for all.

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  8. The US should allow all immigrants and refugees , The statue of liberty is a sign of freedom and being accepted

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  9. I agree with Hans in that the U.S should be known the place for opportunities and equal rights.

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  10. i agree with Jason and Lauren that America should be a place of opportunity for anyone and not just legal citizens.America is like a open door and a place fill of opportunity, so we should help anyone we can

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  11. The United States should absolutely be accepting immigrants from Central America, in fact, we should be accepting as many immigrants as we can from all over the world. We are a country made up of immigrants and denying others that opportunity is hypocritical.

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  12. I agree with Hans and Elijah that people still have ideas that build upon the american dream, people still want their opportunities to be able to get jobs, and provide for their families. People feel like they're living their american dream because they are working hard for it, and nothing comes easy.

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  13. I agree with both Jason and Lauren on their points. America should definitely be a place of opportunity for all . However at this moment I think focusing on the areas that are in the most turmoil where people need the most help is a good idea, especially letting in children and their families who will hopefully live a safer life here. Those children are part of the future of our country.

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  15. I think that the US should prioritize immigrants and refugees of countries that need most assistance. Without doing so, there is a higher chance of overcrowding.

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  16. I feel like the US should be responsible to make an organized program that prioritizes countries in need, as well as keeping families together instead of prioritizing children and mothers. They should not target countries but give them prioritization if they choose to allow the United States to help. Families in crisis should stay together as a much as possible like the things that happened at Ellis Island and Angel Island, families want to be together and enter the country together, not be separated.

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    1. "As a much as possible." Do you mean "As much as possible"?

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  17. America is doing the right thing by allowing these Central American immigrants to enter since it's opening many new opportunities for lots of individuals. Denying them would not only make America seem like a harsh country but it could hurt the potential futures these people could have.

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  18. I agree with Hans and Elijah that people still have ideas that build upon the american dream, people still want their opportunities to be able to get jobs, and provide for their families. People feel like they're living their american dream because they are working hard for it, and nothing comes easy.

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  19. I agree that the US government should let more refugees into the country, but is it the best thing for us?

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  20. I disagree with Trump and the republicans who believe allowing refugees to enter America is a misuse of authority. The American Dream promises a better future and equal opportunities for everyone and that's what many immigrants and refugees desire. America is made of immigrants, therefore denying refugees of the opportunities America could offer goes against the promises of America.

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  21. I feel that Obama was not misusing authority because the US is basically made of immigrants and without most immigrants, some of our world wouldn't be made without their hard work.

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  22. The United States is a land of opportunity no one should be denied entrance because they're just trying to do whats best for them. Incoming immigrants shouldn't be rejected because we don't know they're current situation, what if they want to come to the u.s. because they're starving in their country? The u.s. should accept all immigrants.

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  23. I think this is a great idea, and I think its amazing how they are letting minors come to the US as refugees in order for their parents to be able to come to the US as legal caregivers for their children. I think other countries should help minors in their countries come to the US. I think that America should be a place for opportunity, but I also feel like some people might get their hopes up, and expect more then they actually receive.

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  24. I agree with what Edie stated. We shouldn't deny any immigrants because it wouldn't be fair to other people around the world if they can't get the same equal opportunity as we do. I believe that the US should do their best to keep all families together because being coming into a new country is a hard transition in general, so it would be better to do it together as a family.

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  25. This reminds me a bit of the 'paper sons' that Chinese immigrants brought through Angel Island,but not quite of course-

    I think the focus on bringing in families is a good idea, the preservation of families and safety of children is something that could never be undervalued.

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  26. I think the US should allow all immigrants to have the opportunity to come to the US for a better life. Not just immigrants from Central America because the American Dream offers everyone opportunities.

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  27. Immigrants will come no matter if we want them or not. We can't deny people access, ethics or no. America needs to step up to being the "melting pot" or "salad", or we can drop the name. America doesn't need to be the best nation economically, we're already doing that. We need to be the best nation culturally.

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  28. Everyone should be allowed into America because it's a free country. I think the U.S should focus on allowing people from regions that need help the most.

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  29. I agree with Hans because people today trust in the american dream and also that people can be helped with an opportunity

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  30. I think everybody's thought are AMAZING. So many smart people man. But I think Trump is right, people may think I'm wrong but don't you think about overpopulation that could occur if we allow so many immigrants? I think there should be a limit of immigrants/ refugee's allowed to live in the U.S. I also think that we should try to help other countries to create peace in their country because war is one of the many reasons why refugee's flee to america.

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  31. I agree with what everyone else said. America is a place for people to come for freedom, safety, and opportunity, so America should not take away that hope from all the immigrants. The people who are the most in need should be prioritized.

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  32. Immigrants should be allowed to come to the U.S to have new life so they can help their family.

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  33. I agree with Michael because we will be over populated if we let to much immigrants get into the U.S.

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  34. I personally don't understand how Obama would be "misusing" his power if he is trying to help children refugees. In general, children are usually a priority to save. For example, on the Titanic, the authorities tell the women, children, and elderly to get on the life boats before men. This demonstrates how children are put before others. Therefore, Obama has the right idea in allowing children into America as refugees to be safe and I agree with him.

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  36. I agree with Leina and Gerald. The U.S. should allow immigrants to come and re-unite with their families because it's not fair for them to be split up. I also believe that Obama is not misusing his authority he is just simply thinking of the issues that truly matter and trying to make America equal. If you don't agree you should simply just think what if you were seperated from your family? I believe you should treat others the way you want to be treated.

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  37. America is known as a nation that provides opportunities. By allowing these people in need, people's lives can improve. However, I agree with other comments about the consequences, such as overpopulation. We must support these groups of people which could affect our nation's economy.

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  38. I agree with Michael because we will be over populated if we let to much immigrants get into the U.S. Even though i don't support trump on most things I agree why he is trying to stop the over populating of the U.S.

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