National Immigration Forum Action Fund

In times like these, when our compassion is tested by those who would make us react in fear of those different from us, it is more important than ever to hold true to the powerful, enduring vision of our nation: one that welcomes people fleeing violence and persecution, and helps them build a life and achieve the American dream in our communities.

Our security concerns are real, but a response based on fear alone is not worthy of our values. Today, President Reagan’s vision of America as a “shining city on a hill” is more important than ever. Now, more than ever, politicians and civic leaders need to be their better selves and remember that with freedom, not fear, America is Better.

From a faith perspective, we must not blame victims who are fleeing the evil from which we also seek to protect ourselves. We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, not slam the door in his face.

Our security is paramount. But as security experts have pointed out, “Refugees are subjected to the highest and most intensive security review of any population coming to the U.S. No group goes through greater scrutiny and vetting than refugees. A litany of recurrent checks continue throughout the process, which takes 18 to 24 months to complete.  None of these security steps may be waived.”

Finally, economically, we know that refugees are not a burden, but instead represent a valuable, hardworking community of grateful residents who enrich our communities and help our businesses.

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