[Vision2020] Refugees and immigrants are people, too

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 09:58:02 PST 2017

Hi Tom,

Thanks for posting my column.  The long version will appear in Pocatello's
Idaho State Journal and it is attached.  One fact from this version: In
2015 44 percent of new businesses in Germany were started by


On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:25 AM, Moscow Cares <moscowcares at moscow.com>

> Courtesy of today's (February 16, 2017) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with
> special thanks to Nick Gier.
> ---------------------------------
> His View: Refugees and immigrants are people, too
> By Nick Gier
> The Declaration of Independence promises "inalienable rights" of "life,
> liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These are universal human rights
> regardless of citizenship, race, ethnicity or religion. These apply to
> those who live here as well as those just coming to our shores.
> The rights of refugees are guaranteed by the 1951 United Nations Refugee
> Convention, of which the U.S. is a signatory. People qualify when there is
> a "well-founded fear of being persecuted." Article 3 states the Convention
> "shall apply to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or
> country of origin." In both words and deeds, the Trump administration has
> violated international law.
> Refugees are thoroughly investigated for 18 to 24 months before they can
> enter the U.S.
> At a recent League of Women Voters presentation, University of Idaho
> Professor Kristin Haltinner reported that "in 2010 the incarceration rate
> for non-native born people in the U.S. was 1.6 percent and for native born
> Americans it was 3.3 percent."
> About 785,000 refugees have come to the U. S. since the 9/11 attacks, and
> only three have been arrested for suspected terrorist activity. None of
> these people were - contrary to Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway's fake
> story about a "Bowling Green Massacre" - able to execute their plans.
> Even though he admits it is discriminatory, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter
> has agreed with President Donald Trump that Christian refugees should be
> given priority over Muslims, action proscribed by the U.N. Refugee
> Convention.
> Trump of course was wrong that the U.S. has admitted Muslims but not
> Christians. Since 2002, according to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has
> admitted 399,677 Christian refugees as opposed to 279,339 Muslim refugees.
> Trump's claim that Germany is now "crime riddled," because it has accepted
> over a million refugees is false. Federal crime reports show refugees
> commit common crimes at the same rate as native Germans.
> The 567,000 Syrians in Germany have committed crimes at a lower rate than
> those from Tunisia and Morocco. Of these, only nine have been arrested for
> suspected terrorist activities. Last July, Syrian refugee Jaber Albakr, on
> the run from federal police, was caught and held by other Syrians until
> authorities could arrest him.
> There have been only three terrorist attacks in Germany. In December a
> Tunisian immigrant killed 12 people when he drove a stolen truck into
> Berlin's Christmas market. Last July a Pakistani injured five on a train
> near Würzburg. Also in July, a Syrian refugee blew himself up, injuring 15
> people, at a concert in Ansbach.
> Canada has laid out the red carpet for 39,000 Syrian refugees. In December
> 2015 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met the first plane load of Syrians,
> giving them winter coats and promising them permanent residence. Soon after
> Trump announced an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, Trudeau tweeted that
> Canada would be happy to accept them, instead.
> World Relief Spokane has had a superb record in settling refugees in that
> area. Director Mark Kadel reports that all the people they accepted have
> found jobs within six months. Kadel states that "nationally, refugees spend
> the least amount of time on any public assistance than any other group of
> people."
> The refugee center in Twin Falls has come under criticism, and the City
> Council has defended itself against unfounded rumors of refugee crimes.
> Employers in the region are happy to have them as workers, many in jobs
> that natives don't want. Furthermore, more than 200 new businesses in
> southern Idaho have been started by refugees.
> Jen Heller, who volunteers on projects all over the world, recently worked
> alongside refugees from Bhutan outside Boise.
> She admired their work ethic and wrote: "These people are so beautiful, it
> makes my heart swell. They are now Idahoans, and they are home."
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> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares"
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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