Thursday, February 2, 2017

Perspective: Refugee ban not the right way to protect us | Ahsan M. Khan


“All genuine refugees should be helped by governments and international organizations. They should be allowed to settle until peace is restored in their home countries.

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By Ahsan M. Khan | February 1, 2017

President Trump’s executive order to initiate a ban on refugees from Muslim-majority nations is rooted in fear. Refugees from many of these nations are fleeing persecution, just like the pilgrims and other immigrants who founded this nation.

My father left his native Pakistan in 1971 (in part due to the pressures of being an Ahmadi Muslim, a minority sect in that country which is subject to persecution) so that his children could grow up and practice Islam freely and without fear of prejudice or bias. And in an ironic twist, it was this inclusiveness by America that allows me to write this letter today as a son of a Muslim immigrant.

The leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, his Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad said, “All genuine refugees should be helped by governments and international organizations. They should be allowed to settle until peace is restored in their home countries. ... However, it is also important that the authorities remain vigilant and monitor the refugees to ensure that extremists are not allowed to settle under the guise of asylum.”

I think our government should follow this wise advise, if we truly want to make America great again.


— Ahsan M. Khan, Fullerton


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