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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The refugee crisis

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:01 am

The focus of the local World Refugee Day (on June 20) declaration was troubling. It appears to concentrate on a relatively small number of immigrants to the exclusion of caring for the worlds 65.6 million refugees.

It is wonderful that Fort Wayne has accepted 7,000 refugees, but Americans need to realize that even President Obama's refugee quotas were mere tokenism.

Refugee status was intended to be a temporary condition. International refugee law directs neighboring countries to shelter refugees until they can return to their own country of origin. There is no requirement to grant citizenship or even allow refugees to work.

The United States is responsible for creating a large percentage of the world's war refugees, but we are not taking responsibility for caring for them.

Resettling refugees in this country is a trendy “feel good” activity that produces a sense of moral superiority, but it is not a solution to the growing refugee crisis.

The current refugee population is reproducing faster than they can be integrated into First World countries. It is regrettable that so many progressive minded people focus on a fraction of one percent to the detriment of the 99 percent.

World Refugee Day should be about fully funding the care of current refugees and ending the wars and conditions that create refugees. Where is the demand to tax war profits to fund war refugees?

Tim Tiernon

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