VATICAN CITY — ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to be observed by the Church on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Here we present key passages of the pope’s message, which was released by the Vatican this week, and the human…
The American Solidarity Party supports a generous policy regarding refugees while having due regard to legitimate national security concerns. The simple fact of the matter is that more prosperous nations have a duty to care for those persons displaced by war and violence. The refugee, especially child refugees, have been stripped of their national identity and human dignity through the ravages of war and violence. With true human solidarity, every nation must, as much as they are able, provide for those who have no more means of support. The refugee is a special case of poverty for while our own nation’s poor have the tremendous benefit of being citizens in a stable nation, the refugee has no place to lay his head.
The outcry from the world’s refugees has become thunderous in recent years. Various wars and conflicts have made previous crises reach catastrophic levels. The apathy of ages past has only increased the number of refugees in the world and created an every more inadequate infrastructure to care for them.
National leaders need to come together in solidarity to solve the refugee crisis. This does not mean simply taking in refugees, but working to stem the violence and war that displaced them to begin with. The current crisis is the result of the proud and prosperous ignoring the cry of the poor for too long. Now they can no longer ignore the poor that arrive at their doorstep.