‘My father came to the United States from Syria in the seventies. He was raised there under the Russian communist regime and was always told that that was the normal way of life. But he loved capitalism so he came to the United States when he turned eighteen and went to California. At that time, there wasn’t a lot of Islamophobia so he flourished and was friends with people of all religions and races. He moved back to Syria about eight years ago to take care of my grandfather and the family business. I’m sad to say that I think this is no longer the country my father immigrated to. The United States is no longer a place that he would recognize. People like my father came here for a better life. I wouldn’t be here if he hadn’t been permitted to come. Through him, I am living the American dream. When I think there are people out there who can’t come now, it breaks my heart and it breaks my father’s heart to think of what is happening. We are almost all the result of people who have come here from other countries. I actually think that the biggest threat to Americans is home-grown terrorism and that comes from us continuing to push foreign people aside. The statistics of people who have been peacefully resettled in this country show that a white male with mental illness and access to a gun is the bigger threat. I’m more afraid of that than I am of someone coming from war-torn Sudan.’

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