A Washington, D.C. father tried to put the refugee experience into perspective by imagining America in a civil war.
“Imagine that you live in Brooklyn. With your spouse and two kids. Suddenly, bombs are taking out city blocks all over New York, Boston, DC. Your neighbors are all dead, you have no money because working is not even in the equation,” he wrote.
“You make the impossible decision to carry your small children and what possessions and valuables you can/have left, and you WALK to Canada. When you get there, they say you can’t come in because Dylan Roof, an extremist, killed 9 people in a church and HE was American and white like you and he called himself a Christian like you, so…sorry. Your family starves, freezes, dies of an illness that can’t be cured because you can’t see a doctor and you’re exposed to the elements…”
Thomas Keegan says that if that were to happen, he would become an enemy of the state that blocked his family.
“I’ll tell you right now, if I lost my wife and son because of some imaginary line drawn by a nation of xenophobes, I would make it my life’s mission to become and remain a brutal and ruthless enemy to that state,” he wrote.
“This is my American truth: I would rather die, with hope in my heart, in a country that opens its arms to those in need, than live, ashamed, in one which turns its back.”
Keegan’s post comes as U.S. officials debate whether to halt the refugee program, pausing Syrian and Iraqi refugees until improved security measures are put in place.