Helping Those Who Are Trying To Help Themselves

Hello!

The topic that I’m going to talk with you about today is one that I believe needs to be discussed. This was an issue here in America two or three years ago, but I’d like to bring it up again because I think it’s still as relevant today as it was then.

What are you going to be talking about? Immigration and refugees.

There for a while here in America, we had the problem of how we were dealing with immigrants at our southern border. From what I understand, we were separating families earlier this year and I’m not sure if this is still the case.

But I think there’s a certain way we should treat immigrants and refugees regardless of where they’re from, where they’re going, and what countries they have to cross:

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They’re human beings just like the rest of us. Why should we treat them any differently just because they’re trying to get to a place that’s better than where they were before?

Let’s take a look at refugees for a minute.

These people are moving away from their homes and the lives they’ve known so that they can keep themselves and those they love safe from whatever harm they were facing at home. While I’ve never been a refugee myself, I would think that these people would like to be welcomed wherever they go and are going.

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What does this look like? Some things that might work include: providing them with fresh food and water, providing shelters or somewhere else that is safe for them to sleep, providing first aid if it’s needed, helping them access medicines they need, helping them look for jobs if they’re going to be here for a while, providing them access to our libraries and other resources, and the list could probably go on.

Let’s shift the focus on over to immigrants for a minute.

For those of you who live in America or Mexico or keep up with our news, you know that there’s a “problem” at the border between the two countries. I put the world problem in parentheses because I think that the situation can have a good resolution if we were to seriously think about it and address it.

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Yes, I think that precautions should be put into place along our border, but I think we can also put things into place where people south of the American border won’t feel it necessary to come over the border illegally.

Such things can include: providing checkpoints that are easier to maneuver, providing necessary resources in Spanish or other languages to make it easier on those coming in, making it easier for them to legally see what jobs and homes are available for them, providing first aid and medication if needed, providing shelter for them if needed, and so on.

And I think there’s something that we should keep in mind as people come into our country:

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This means that every human is equal, regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, culture, sexuality, etc. So we shouldn’t make it harder on people of other backgrounds to have what they need.

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So, I have a challenge for you:

How can you help someone who might be in need of help?

-Victoria

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