Originally Posted by suited
It's been what, almost a year now since I and others started asking for someone to pinpoint this unique value that outweighs the consequences. If you've got it, now would be the time to lay it on us and make us look like fools.
Ronald Reagan frequently discussed how refugees are part of America's immigration policy, including accepting those from the countries of our enemies:
He brought-in over half a millon refugees with far, far less screening than is done today. (see above article: "For years the United States automatically approved refugee applications from Soviet citizens who could get permission to leave.") Accepting refugees has long been a value that the U.S. has promoted.
A famous excerpt from Reagan's farewell address:
"I’ve been reflecting on what the past eight years have meant, and mean. And the image that comes to mind like a refrain is a nautical one: A small story about a big ship, and a refugee, and a sailor.
It was back in the early Eighties, at the height of the boat people, and the sailor was hard at work on the carrier Midway, which was patrolling the South China Sea. The sailor, like most American servicemen, was young, smart and fiercely observant. The crew spied on the horizon a leaky little boat – and crammed inside were refugees from Indochina hoping to get to America. The Midway sent a small launch to bring them to the ship, and safety. As the refugees made their way through the choppy seas, one spied the sailor on deck, and stood up and called out to him. He yelled, “Hello, American sailor – Hello, Freedom Man.”
That’s what…it was to be an American in the 1980’s."