In 2018, the United States is expected to resettle 20,000 refugees, which is less than 0.09 percent of the world’s 22.5 million refugees. I encourage all Nebraskans -- especially Sen. Deb Fischer, Sen. Ben Sasse, Rep. Adrian Smith, Rep. Don Bacon and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry to watch the Frontline documentary "Exodus: The Journey Continues."
This documentary spends some time with Tamir, who worked for five years as a translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq. A few months before Trump became president, he got a visa and now lives in Lincoln with his wife. His brother, Saed, and the rest of his family are still targets of terrorist threats and have been living in a tent in a refugee camp in Iraq for the last three years.
This documentary should be mandatory viewing for all politicians who determine the fate of refugees. It’s important to know and understand the people who are seeking our help.
The United States, as by far the wealthiest country in the world, has the capacity to do much more for these refugees. Saed, his family and other refugees deserve better.
David Wasson, Lincoln