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R is the Refugee

R is the refugee seeking asylum

They come by land; they come by sea

To escape brutality and persecution

To live in a land where they can be free.


I have always been a proponent of legal immigration for oppressed. In the past, I have been involved with resettlement of Vietnamese and Bosnian refugees. I have become increasingly alarmed with the treatment of refugees by our administration and in other countries. I went through training to work with refugees here in Portland, but sadly, the number of people coming has diminished because of the zero tolerance policy of the Trump administration. We have more volunteers than immigrants. 

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