I remember when New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina and the people of the city that were displaced by the storm were called REFUGEES! I was shocked and appalled to hear newscasters who live in this country; a country that is made up of all nationalities call fellow citizens refugees. It seemed that no one bothered to pick up a dictionary and look to see what the word meant before using the term so loosely. Webster defines a refugee as “an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution.”
Not one individual in New Orleans left because they were fleeing persecution, they left because they were forced out of their homes by a storm that took the lives of their loved ones; they weren’t fleeing the United States they were fleeing New Orleans a city inside of this country to survive; no one left because they wanted to, but because they had no other choice. It’s a shame when people in this country can fly millions of miles outside of the United States to help other countries but can’t go hundreds of miles within the United Stated to help their own.
What happened to “We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity , do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” I remember being made to cite this in my Government class as a high school student, but I have learned it’s one thing to cite and it’s one thing to do what it says. This country has do better and doing better and being better will only start when we as a people began to treat our fellow brothers, sisters and children as equal regardless of race and religion.