Sunday, January 29, 2017

Freedom of Refuge can only Exist if You have a Place to go

   Every person has the right to refuge, or should. Let this right be listed alongside others as one of the most basic of human rights. When the Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," this is one of them.
   Or should be.
   If you are persecuted, you have the right to flee, even as the Mormon pioneers did. If your lives are in jeopardy, you have the right to flee. If economically, work provides you no more than poverty where you are, you have the right to flee.
   Refuge is a right.
   And, if there is a right to flee out of one country, there is the right to flee into another. Freedom of refuge can only exist if you have a place to go. With whatever restraints we place on refuge and immigration, we should be mindful not to encroach on the unalienable right of the immigrant to obtain refuge.

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