The most interconnected generation of people in the world is experiencing the most troubling emergency of division and desertion since the Second World War.
As refugees fleeing civil war, ecological disaster and economic instability leave their homelands, many countries have responded with silence if not disdain. Even in America, a Quinnipiac University poll found that the majority of voters do not agree with President Obama’s plan to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year.
For perspective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported more than 4 million people of concern, which is growing exponentially as the monthly rate of reports has grown to more than 60,000.
There is a great expression of concern over national security and cultural assimilation. This country was a triumphant beacon for immigrants in the early 20th century, a monumental landmark in the history and power of democracy for human good and acceptance.
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In decades to come, generations will face walls being constructed like that in Hungary and question. Will they see our actions as correct, or will they view them in the same light as the Berlin Wall?
Anthony J. Zarzycki