The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (Oxfam) is an organization devoted to helping rid poverty around the globe. Recently, they decided to rent Donald Trump’s childhood home to give some refugees a unique platform to tell their stories. They orchestrated their plan to coincide with the United Nation’s General Assembly to send a message to world leaders that refugees are welcome in America.
In the very near future, Trump will announce his decision on the number of refugees the U.S. will resettle in 2018. Congress will determine the amount of financial aid the federal government will dedicate to refugees. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the unconstitutional refugee and Muslim ban. Now is the time to send a profound message regarding these displaced people.
Trump’s childhood home being used as a stage for refugees to tell their stories has to be killing him – but he’s making money. Above all, he’s a businessman, and that almighty dollar is above racism on Trump’s priority list – not much, but it is. Donald Trump comes from a long line of racism – his father, Don Sr., was involved with the KKK and had a couple of arrests to prove it. Old Man Trump must be rolling over in his grave getting that musty, old robe twisted.
According to Oxfam’s site:
In this moment, what better place to show world leaders the value of a safe, welcoming home for those fleeing unthinkable situations than the childhood home of the US president. Oxfam invited refugees here to share their stories and call for greater action by the US government and governments around the world to resettle and help refugees.
A Somalian refugee, Abdi Iftin, resettled in America in 2014. He stated:
I’m so lucky that I’ve been able to build a new life in the United States. I had to leave my home and family behind, but here I can work hard and help provide for them. Today especially I feel like I am living the American dream because I can speak out for what I believe in, and I don’t have to be afraid.
Doesn’t the US have a history of providing a safe refuge for those in need – for the persecuted? Maybe messages made in the President’s childhood home from productive, thankful refugees will get the notice of someone in power who still wants to honor that tradition.