What Happened to the Home of the Brave?

Hylbom Family Thanksgiving, 2015
Mary Dyer statue (Earlham College)


Reported in the New York Times online edition, 18 Nov 2015. Another article, from today’s Intercept, provides some much-needed perspective.


On Twitter on Wednesday, President Obama denounced Republicans’ efforts: “Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do.”

“We also win this fight with our values. America can ensure our own security while welcoming refugees desperately seeking safety from ISIL,” he added.

When pressed, most Republicans could not specify which aspects of the rigorous refugee vetting program that they found inadequate. Mr. Ryan’s staff members cited a Bloomberg poll of 1,002 adults released on Wednesday, conducted by Selzer & Company, that found that 53 percent of those surveyed said the resettlement program should be halted.



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