What They're Saying: Kei Kamara

“For me, the U.S. is a land of opportunities. They say that, but it’s not just written, it’s really true. To lend a hand to people that are suffering and struggling, it’s the best thing you can ever do.”

-- Columbus Crew star Kei Kamara, on the American dream that he's lived thanks to being admitted the United States in 2000 -- "the happiest day of our lives" -- from war-torn Sierra Leone at 16 through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program that is now the subject of a national debate regarding the resettlement of Syria refugees. (MLSSoccer.com)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Kei Kamara".
  1. Ginger Peeler, November 23, 2015 at 11:20 a.m.

    Unfortunately, many, many people in this country suffer from xenophobia. It's been a strong part of our culture for years. The arrogance of it fostered segregation. The fear and dread of it allowed the removal of all Americans of Japanese descent from their land, their homes and their businesses to, basically, prison camps. All their property was seized. Very little was ever returned. Frankly, after seeing how organized the ISIS attacks in France were (led by French citizens, not Syria refugees), I'm pretty sure we already have those elements here at home. Blocking refugees from escaping exactly what we're trying to avoid is like shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped.

  2. Kent James replied, December 2, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.

    Well said.

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