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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-10-07 05:39 PM
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17. I've had a bit of experience with refugees
When I was very young, our church sponsored refugees from East Germany. They couldn't speak English, but the kids were in my school and picked up the language quite quickly. Like most refugees coming to this nation, they had skills-most were carpenters. They did not displace American workers, but rather worked a niche market of remodeling older homes, if memory serves.

When I was first married and living in Ft. Worth TX, I met a lovely Iraqi/Palestinian couple. They were political refugees, under death threat by Saddam. They opened a restaurant, sent their children to school to become doctors, and were a real benefit to the community. Perhaps you do not know this, but the Muslim tradition is to help others--all extra food from the restaurant was donated to the mosque, where new arrivals to this country could be fed and helped with housing, shelter, etc.

Refugees are not likely to cause trouble. They are so happy to be away from trouble they usually turn out to be model citizens.
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