This morning, I read an amazing story in the New York Times about a Syrian refugee family building a new life in Canada. As you would expect, the piece highlighted the many challenges they are facing, from cultural differences to finding work. What really stood out for me however was that Canada not only took these people in, but that everyday Canadians “adopt” each family and volunteer their time to help them make the transition.
When I contrast the attitudes expressed here in the US about taking in these refugees, who are truly fleeing persecution and death, it makes me very sad. Canada’s response seems much more in keeping with American values than anything I have heard down here in a long time. I fear that the US has lost its place in the world as a beacon of hope and democracy.
If I wore a hat, it would be off to the government and people of Canada.