Monday, March 14, 2022

Finally, Real Refugees; Mayorkas Extends Protected Status for Ukrainians Living in the US; Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Could Become Biden's Next Political Problem

Finally, Real Refugees:
Do you care about fleeing Ukrainians? What an Islamophobe you are!
From one end of Western Europe to the other, the mass migrations of the last generation or two have turned the words “immigrant” and “refugee” into veritable synonyms for “Muslim.” Thanks to government generosity on a Herculean scale, Muslims by the million have been provided, at taxpayer expense (but without taxpayers ever being consulted), with incomes, homes, furnishings, cars. They’ve been allowed to bring over their family members, who in turn have been allowed to bring over their family members. Some have been grateful; some have even gone on to pursue estimable careers and contribute to the general welfare. Many, however, have responded to all this largesse with a contempt for their hosts - a contempt rooted largely in the Koran’s teachings about infidels - and a staggering sense of entitlement.
And now that Western Europeans are suddenly extending all their hospitality toward fellow Europeans and Christians - that is, of course, toward Ukrainians who are fleeing for their lives from Putin’s bloody war of conquest - a great many Muslims and their allies are up in arms. And in one country after another, their cri de coeur is the same: how dare you be so much more generous to Ukrainians than you ever were to Muslims! The charge is ludicrous: it would take a very long time, and a lot of handouts indeed, for the Ukrainians, either per capita or en masse, to get anywhere near as much out of Europeans’ pocketbooks as Muslims have received in the last half century or so.
Yet the absurdity of the charge hasn’t kept a lot of highly placed people from making it. In the Netherlands, for instance, a number of prominent leftists - including historian Tayfun Balçik, politician Thijme Hoffmann, and professor Leo Lucassen - have griped that Europeans are being more munificent toward Ukrainian refugees than toward Muslim migrants, and that’s it’s because of xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism. And in Denmark, three journalists - Line Rønn Tofte, Line Jenvall, and Theodora Amalie Høgsted Renard - growled in a joint op-ed that while native Danes, in 2015, “spit on” Syrian refugees, Danes in 2022 are driving to Poland “to transport Ukrainian refugees to Denmark.”
What, the three journalists demanded to know, “is the difference between the Ukrainians and the Syrians?” Well one not insignificant difference is that whereas today’s Ukrainian refugees are almost all women and children, the folks flooding into Europe from Syria in 2015 were mostly military-aged men. Why, one wondered at the time, hadn’t all these fit young men stayed home to fight? Why were they here, and not their parents, grandparents, sisters, wives, children? What kind of refugee crisis was this? Even so, the fact remains that thousands of Western Europeans did open their arms to those Syrians. They greeted them at airports and railway stations. They handed them truckloads of free stuff. They took them into their homes. --->READ MORE HERE
Kay Nietfeld/Zuma Press
Mayorkas extends protected status for Ukrainians living in the US:
The Biden administration on Thursday extended Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians living in the US, meaning they won’t have to return to their war-torn nation after 1 million civilians fled Russia’s invasion.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the decision following a Cabinet meeting at the White House with President Biden.
“Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” Mayorkas said. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”
About 30,000 people living in the US as of March 1 are believed to be eligible for the status, which will last for at least 18 months.
The change follows pressure from several members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“I applaud President Biden for taking decisive action so that Ukrainians can stay safely in America,” Schumer said. --->READ MORE HERE
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