Earlier this morning, the Associated Press published an article titled, “After warm welcome, Syrian family struggles in Connecticut.”
The article chronicles the migration of a Syrian family to the United States and their perceived struggles with integration.
The author, Pat Eaton-Robb said, “As they waited in a refugee camp to come to America, Syrian couple Abdullah and Fatema were assured that the United States welcomes all people and that being Muslim would not be a problem. Those expectations were first dashed when, upon arrival in the U.S. in November, Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence blocked their entry into his state and they were diverted to Connecticut.”
Their expectations were dashed. Dashed! Because, when being relocated from the war torn hell hole of Syria, they were promised the Hoosier State and got the Constitution State. By the way, Pence suspended Syrian migration in his home state after the horrific attacks in Paris that killed 129. Pence was one of at least 20 other Governors that took action until their questions on the vetting process were answered.
“There are people who are really good to us and try to help us every day,” Fatema said to the AP. “But there are other people. We hear them and we feel unsafe. I feel bad for my child. Is something bad going to happen to us? We don’t know.”
What, pray tell are these new Americans afraid of? Well, they don’t say. They hear other people and the have this general feeling of being unsafe. The family that fled a civil war with estimated casualties in the 400,000 -500,000 range feels unsafe in Connecticut.
The AP also said, “Abdullah owned a clothing store in Homs before it was destroyed in Syria’s civil war. He would like to work at a store or dry cleaning business in Connecticut, but he has struggled to learn English. He works two days a week as a dishwasher as he continues looking for a full-time job. “This is the hardest thing,” he said. “If I have the language, things would be better.”
Yes, Abullah. If you learn the language, things will get much better. But, truth be told, America has plenty of jobs that do not require mastering the English language. For example, the English competency test was just removed as a requirement for NYC cab drivers. Certainly, many of our readers frequent dry cleaners who know very little English; but these folks persevere and succeed.
The reporter also said, “Their child, Ayham is currently repeating kindergarten. His teachers feel he also needs to improve his English before moving on to first grade, his mother said”.
Your child is going to get a world class education in Connecticut, folks. He’s a little behind because Syrian education standards are probably a little behind the western world, sorry for that.
Concluding the article, Fatema said, “We don’t know what is going to happen, what we care about is just make us safe today.”
Congratulations Syrian family, you hit the proverbial jackpot. Six million people apply for residency in the United States each year. Those applicants are not guaranteed anything but the freedom to be whatever it is they want to be. We will not coddle you, we will not hold your hand. Your success will wholly depend on your ability to master the free market and provide a service to your neighbors.
When you were dodging chemical attacks and mortars in Syria, you had a reason to feel unsafe. You’re in the U.S. now, where there is a cop on every corner and no one goes hungry. Stop whining, we’re all too busy working to listen to it.