Happy 4th of July from the Boy Refugee

Wishing a happy 4th of July to everyone. God bless America! The greatest and most powerful country on earth. Yes! with this mighty position comes the responsibility of having compassion and mercy for those who are in need.
Today there are more than 70 million refugees in the world. The book “The boy refugee; a memoir from a long-forgotten war” highlights the plight of one such refugee family. I invite you to learn about my story at www.theboyrefugee.com. I am grateful for the opportunities I have received in this great nation.
No one is born as a refugee. They are normal people just like you and me (teachers, accountants, doctors, engineers, businessmen) and they had a home, family and friends and lived a normal life before they were driven out of their homes due to no fault of their own. They deserve our support so please consider donating to UNHCR, Amaanah Refugee Services or to your favorite refugee support organization.
Yes, America is the most welcoming and compassionate place but new government policies have curtained the number of refugees entering America. Gov. Abbott has completely banned refugee entry into Texas this year.
Yes, America is built upon the successes of immigrants and refugees. The most welcoming, giving and open-hearted country on earth. To turn a blind eye to those in need now is not only un-American but also against the core beliefs of humanity. Let us not ignore those in need now. Ask Gov. Abbot to reconsider his decision.

As president John F. Kennedy said in his famous speech; “It is a proud privilege to be a citizen of the great Republic, to realize we are the descendants of 40 million people who left other countries, other familiar scenes, to come here to the United States to build a new life, to make a new opportunity for themselves and their children. I think it is not a burden but a privilege to have the chance to share that great concept among all of our people, to make this really as it was for them a new world – a new world for us and indeed for all those who look to us….that is what this country has stood for for 200 years, and that’s what this country will continue to stand for.”

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