By: Makayla Wax
There are 22 ½ million refugees in the world without homes and jobs. The United States should welcome them.
Refugees can participate in and improve the economy. They arrive in the United States with little or no money and, therefore, will immediately search for employment so that they can support themselves and their families. These include jobs that many Americans will not accept, such as housekeeping, food service, or construction.
Refugees have even started major successful businesses such as Chobani Yogurt, which was set up by Hamdi Ulukaya, who came to this country after fleeing Turkey. His company hires refugees from all over the world who come to the United States seeking a better life. Additionally, Chobani gives 10% of its profit to its workers.
The United States has the resources to accept refugees. In addition to the ability to become educated and work, housing can be made available. There are plenty of acres to build houses with land between them. Food and water is plentiful.
As a result of the opportunities available to them, refugees can one day return to their homeland and give back to their suffering communities. For example, Salva Dut, who was forced to flee South Sudan at the age of eleven, started a project called “Water for South Sudan.” Salva and a crew travel to villages all over South Sudan building wells with clean water. This was important to him because his father was poisoned by drinking contaminated water. Not only does his project provide villages with clean, fresh water, instead of muddy, brown water, but the wells are actually located in the villages. This means that the girls in the villages do not have to walk all day for water. Salva Dut also welcomes neighboring villages from using the water as well.
The United States is a safe country compared to the countries refugees are fleeing. Those who settle here do not need to worry about being forced to leave the country by their government. Girls and women can go to school to get an education and stand up for themselves and speak out. For example, Lilly Singh, a Youtube star, travels all over Africa building schools for girls. Lilly wants girls to be able to get an education of their own and be able to get a job to support their future families.
The United States is made up of people from other countries, different races, and different cultures. The United States of America is supposed to accept refugees and immigrants and give them every opportunity available to its citizens. The United States accepted 12 million immigrants from 1892- 1959. On the Statue of Liberty, it says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” The Statue of Liberty is the first thing that refugees see when they enter the United States. It is a symbol of freedom and hope.
In conclusion, the United States of America should be required to accept refugees because 22 ½ million people in the world are suffering and are in need of a better life and opportunity.