March 30, 2016

LET THEM ALL COME:

What Syrian Refugees Love about America Is Liberty : Equal Treatment, No Checkpoints, and Minding Your Own Business (David Bier, March 30, 2016, FEE)

Since the Paris attacks, Syrian refugees here have had many opportunities to speak to local papers and news outlets about their views on our freedoms, and the result is unanimous: they love them.

Saleh Sbenaty, who escaped Syria to Nashville, explained to the Nashville Scene that he wanted to come to the United States specifically because of its freedoms. "I emigrated to the U.S. and left my family and home because of my freedom," he said. "I also wanted to ensure such freedom is protected, not only for my children, but also for everyone else. I strongly believe in the U.S. Constitution and will fight to protect it, period! Everyone in my community felt the same way."

Nidal Alhayak, a Syrian who received asylum and is living in Michigan, interprets his flight to the United States in the same way. "First of all, I consider myself fortunate that I made it to the United States," he told NPR in November. "I consider it the number one country for democracy and freedom for humanity worldwide."

Noor Eddin, who is living in Kentucky, agrees. "This is the Western world," he told the Washington Post. "They respect the rights of a human being."

The connection between the United States and liberty is engrained into their perceptions of the nation. Radwan, a Syrian refugee in Ohio, told his local CBS affiliate: "I came here, to the freedom country."

Posted by at March 30, 2016 7:01 PM

  

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