Chelsea Illinois


Refugees are fleeing from their homes to seek a safer place for them and their families. Should we let them enter the United States?

Dear Mr./Mrs. President,

I am a 7th graders who deeply cares about this issue and I think it’s important to notice the refugee problem. Recently there have been refugees from the middle east who are trying to travel to America. Afghans, Syrians, Iraqis, Kosovo, and more are fleeing their homes because of political, economic, or social issues. Refugees are arriving to their neighboring countries searching for a haven. Those countries have been accepting refugees but some have mistreated the refugees. The U.S. has to assist these deportees and help them live a better life than in their corrupt homes.

Some people may think that refugees, especially Muslim refugees, will be a trojan horse to America. This thought was made because of the terrorist attacks in some countries including the U.S. where we had a mass shooting at San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida. The European countries are reluctant on bringing them in because of the events that have happened. In September 2015 Obama pledged to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. We have achieved the goal this year by accepting 38,901 Muslim refugees. Unfortunately like some Europeans, some Americans are also reluctant to take them in. Since 2011, there have been 11 million Syrians have fled their homes. We need to take them in and provide safety for them.

This reality makes me anxious about our society right now and in the future. We should provide them help throughout their rigorous journey in the waters. There should also be volunteers at the port the refugees arrive in and help give food and provide them space blankets. Before they arrive in the U.S., we can build asylums for them to recover in. And for the children, provide them with education so they can use those tools to change the world and particularly their countries. We can provide them with English schools to teach them the language. There are so much things that we can do to help them.

Instead of turning our backs away from people who are similar to us we should face them and give a helping hand. The refugees are just seeking new homes that are safe. Instead of banning them we should help them, they might be able to help us. Their faces gives us a glimpse of the life they have lived. As the President, you are the face and the voice of the country, so please use it. Your voice can be used to inspire the people of America or even inspire the world. Don’t let the fears wage our opportunity to help people who are in need of a haven.


Chelsea D.