In the past we have had superheroes who flew, who possessed amazing strength, astounding agility, could stretch and duplicate. Superman, Spiderman, Batman & Captain America were the heroes we read about in comic books, fantasy universes superimposed over our own real world.
Today though, we need a new hero. One firmly rooted in reality and our world, because our foe is the politician who lives in a fantasy world, a fantasy world that he is trying to impose upon our own. And, if successful, will usher in a time of pain and suffering upon the innocents, and will wreck this once great country.
His tool for accomplishing this goal? The lie. And, thus is born Truth Matters Person. Unlike most prior superheroes, Truth Matters Person has no set age or sex or gender identity or race or religion. Truth Matters Person consists of everyday people who look for and do not turn away from truth, and then are not afraid to tell that truth to all.
All of these stories contain only part of the truth, a necessity in order to achieve brevity. However, at the end of each there will be links to the more complete truth. Also, all words spoken by Trump in these stories are actual quotes from his tweets and his speeches.
Episode 1: The Dangerous Hordes of Refugees
“Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?” “Refugees from Syria over 10k plus more coming. Lots young males, poorly vetted.”
No Donald. The truth of the matter is that we do not take in many refugees at all compared to other countries. Canada has taken in 32,400 for example. And this is out of 4.9 million Syrian refugees.
Of those that the United States has taken in, 72% are either women or children under the age of 14.
But, but, but the vetting, there is no vetting. “Altogether, under the Clinton plan, you’d be admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East with no system to vet them…”
I’m glad you brought that up Donald. The truth of the matter is that we have an extremely thorough vetting system for refugees, more thorough than any other in the world. It takes on average 18 to 24 months for a refugee to go through this process.
It starts with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees interviewing and checking refugees and deciding which ones should be forwarded to the US as a potential refugee for the United States. From there, the refugee has to pass numerous interviews from several agencies, their biometric data collected and checked against several security and law enforcement data bases, more interviews, and more checks. During this process the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and the National Counterterrorism Center check their identity and backgrounds against several databases.
The link provided below by Natasha Hall, whose job was to vet these refugees, is an interesting read and highly recommended. Often those countries that many are claiming do not have enough documentation – such as Iraq and Syria – do have more than enough to properly check people out. And, if there is not enough documentation on a particular candidate, then that person does not get through.
Further, there are medical evaluations done, and towards the end of the process, the refugees have to attend a Cultural Orientation to teach them about practices and customs here in the United States. By the way, once in, they are not just let loose. Instead, various different agencies whose purpose is to help the refugee settle in and find jobs meet them and guide them during this initial period.
We “are letting tens of thousands of people come in from Syria and nobody knows who these people are and a lot of those people are ISIS.” “We have no idea who we are letting in. You’ve seen what happened.”
Donald, a lie does not become truth just because it is repeated. I have already shown you that we do know who we are letting into our country. And, the truth is, that we have seen what has happened by letting these Syrian refugees in. We save lives, and give people who are suffering and afraid and lost a chance to create a new home.
And despite the claims that these refugees are a burden on our economy, they have proven to be a benefit. As the PBS article linked to at the bottom notes, they add to the labor market and add needed skills. As the US News article notes, also linked to at the bottom, while Cleveland spent $4.8 million dollars settling refugees into their area, they wound up creating an economic benefit of $48 million dollars through increased demand for goods and services and because refugees start up new businesses that hire people.
As for the danger they pose, so far there have been no fatal attacks by any Syrian refugee in the United States. As the Atlantic article notes, also linked to at the bottom, over the last 40 years the United States has accepted 3.25 million refugees. Only 20 of them have been convicted of attempting or committing terrorist acts in the United States. Further, only three Americans have been killed in attacks by refugees, and these were by Cuban refugees during the 1970’s.
Due to our already extreme vetting system, refugees pose no more danger to you and to the citizens of the US than any other citizen. In fact, most of the attacks carried out by Muslims in the United States have been by permanent residents or native born citizens who had become radicalized.
The truth is, instead of being afraid of the refugees, we should be welcoming them. Instead of turning the United States into a Fortress of Solitude and Isolation, we should live up to our reputation of welcoming the weary and embrace our common humanity. We should be showing the world that we have the courage and decency to act upon our empathy for those in need instead of allowing overwrought fear to cause us to spread hatred and rejection.
And the Truth Shall Keep Us Free!
To learn more both for personal satisfaction and in order to better spread the truth, check out these links.
On the demographics of the Syrian refugees,
From Migration Policy
From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Good article about Syrian refugees by US News
More information about our refugee vetting system.
Here is the article by Natasha Hall, the former immigration official whose job was to vet refugees.
From the US Department of State, the graphic at the bottom of the article provides a very good guide to the process.
The New York Times provides a simpler version of the same graphic I mentioned above about the vetting process.
And here is an article by a refugee who went through the process.
On the dangers of refugees.
Here is an Atlantic article about the “dangers’ of refugees.
And one from CNN on the same subject.
On the economic impact of refugees,
An article from US News
And from PBS