Refugees Need Our Help Now More Than Ever, But The Trump Administration Has Only Tried To Stop Helping

Refugees Need Our Help Now More Than Ever, But The Trump Administration Has Only Tried To Stop Helping

One of the most vulnerable populations in our society - immigrants.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, in a safe town, the idea that my home wouldn't be safe, that I may never know where my family is, and that I may never see my home again, was a thought that never crossed my mind. But for many, it is a reality.

Now a year into the Trump presidency, one of the biggest changes we have seen is this administration's view of immigrants, and one of the most vulnerable populations of immigrants are refugees. In this article, I will explain how the Trump Administration's actions have affected refugees, why their actions are at the least unfounded, and what will 2018 look like for refugees.

So a quick look at Trump's various travel bans, broken down by this Vox article:

"The first version of the travel ban was issued in January, was in effect for a week before being put on hold by the courts, and was withdrawn in February. The second was issued in March, was put on hold by the courts before its start date, was finally allowed to go into effect by the Supreme Court in June, and expired in September. The current version was issued at the end of September, was put on hold before it was set to go into effect, was allowed to proceed for people without bona fide relationships in November, and is now, in December, being allowed to go into effect in full."

The Vox article continues with saying that the last ban has no known end date. So what is the ban for? Well, the Trump Administration claims it is for security reasons. So what kind of security measures go into bringing a refugee into America?

First, a refugee would have to apply to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) who then take information and do an interview. (less than 1% move forward).

Then, a Resettlement Support Center compiles the information, and the US begins its own security measures.

This starts with a biographic security check run through multiple agencies, and then it is followed up by an interview handled by the Department of Homeland Security, a biometric security check.

After all that there is a medical check, and assignment to a location. There is one last check, and if there is a single doubt, they are not admitted. If you want both the State Department and Obama's old Whitehouse archive have nice infographics of the whole thing (I prefer Obama's personally).

So does the screening process work? Well, a 2015 Time article said that of the 750,000 refugees since September 11, 2001, there have been 0 arrested on domestic terrorism charges, and only 2 charged with terrorist activities. Compared to the 190 people who were natural-born citizens and arrested for domestic terrorism, refugees look to be much less likely of committing acts of terrorism.

So although refugees are even less likely than natural born citizens to commit acts of terrorism the Trump Administration has been stifling their ability to enter the US.

You can see in the above graphic that although the need to resettle refugees has gone up in 2017, from an already high point in 2016, the Trump Administration (as of October 2017) was nowhere near reaching the number of people resettled in 2016.

This would be a scary trend to see continue since the United Nations (UNHCR) projects that close to 1.2 million people will need to be resettled, .1 million increase from 2017.

We all need to be more aware of the need for refugees, and what the Trump Administration is doing to prevent them from resettling in the US.

In 2018 we all need to do our part to help, be it voting for a candidate that helps rather than hurts refugees, or getting involved with the UNHCR. You can also donate to an agency helping refugees directly. Some great places to donate are MercyCorp, Oxfam, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, or International Rescue Committee.

There is an end to this if we all work together. Donating to causes that help refugees, supporting politicians that fight for refugees, and fighting bigotry that would seek to stop any progress from being made. All of these are crucial steps towards a world where everyone can be safe to live their lives.

Cover Image Credit: United Nations Instagram

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Customer Service Expert, Gary Brewster of Oneida Provides Tips for Displaying Appreciation to Your Customers

By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business.


Customer relationships are a core part of your business success. Many businesses that outperform their competitors are just more responsive in this area. By taking a more direct and proactive approach to managing your customers, you can open up a new avenue of success for your business. How can you display genuine appreciation to them? Here are tips and practices from customer service expert and accomplished entrepreneur, Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee that you can adopt.

Event Sponsorship

There are many small signs of appreciation you can show to customers, but hosting an event provides significant evidence to customers that your business genuinely acknowledges and cares for their support. With these events, you can treat customers as guests - which can be a great way to elevate your relationship with them. After these events, you can follow-up with your customers, build upon that relationship, and gain additional insights into their expectations.

Customized Products and Services

Customers will be pleasantly surprised to see products specifically catered to their preferences. This shows that you do respond to their feedback and are appreciative of the information they provide. Also, you are reinforcing the fact that your business firmly puts a priority on their needs and is committed to elevating their experience. You can personalize your products through a couple of means, including offering them in certain colors, modifications, labels, and more.

Use Handwritten Notes

A handwritten note is one of the best ways to convey authenticity in your messages. When you use this medium for sending messages of appreciation to your customers, it generates a more positive response. In a world saturated with emails, social media messages, and mobile text, a handwritten letter can stand out. You can work with your team in organizing a schedule where customers are sent handwritten notes. These can especially work great for the holiday season as customers are more receptive to goodwill messages during this time.

Develop a Loyalty Program

While your business benefits form loyalty programs, they also make the customer feel more appreciated. For your most consistent customers, you are sending the message to them that their loyalty has not gone unnoticed and that you are truly grateful. When repeat business is rewarded, the long-term benefits will be valuable. Instead of merely creating a loyalty program from scratch, consider doing research and recognize specific purchasing patterns within your customer base. You can then highlight certain products they favor and make that the focal point of your loyalty program.

When it comes to maintaining a high standard of customer service, communication and goodwill are valuable. Showing appreciation to your customers is more than simply communicating with them, but also conveying a general sense of commitment to their needs. Your business stands to gain immensely by developing this unique approach to customer service. Consider adding more of these elements as you build your customer service strategy with your team.

About Gary Brewster:

Gary Brewster in Oneida, Tennessee is an entrepreneur and commercial roofing expert. Driven by building excellent relationships, he takes pride in providing the best customer service possible. As a business owner, his goals include delivering exceptional service, solving complex problems, and giving back to the community. Outside of the office, Gary enjoys spending time on his family farm with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?


Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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