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Refugees’ article seemed one-sided
July 12th, 2016
By Claire Rogus

Re “World’s 20 million refugees deserve a compassionate hand,” June 23:

The article by Mercy Sisters Diane Clyne and Marilyn Lacey seems to represent only one side of this issue, especially when they write opposing any legislation that would block resettlement of refugees who seek asylum in the U.S.

As a third-order Dominican and a Catholic who has taught religion most of my life, I feel that there are ways to be compassionate and still keep Americans safe. Instead of blocking legislation we must block refugees from crossing our borders. The FBI reported to us that ISIS stole our passport machines and can easily falsify documents and that it is absolutely a fact that terrorists are coming into America with the refugees. We were warned that the refugees cannot be vetted; the terrorist who killed our military did enter America as a refugee. Now, when every month we have ISIS attacks we must protect our citizens. A compassionate viewpoint was offered and that is to create a safe haven in the Middle East and monitor it so that the refugees can live in safety without all the perils of traveling so far from their homes. The second suggestion is to finally have a plan to defeat ISIS so that eventually the refugees can go back to their homelands.

I hope this paper will allow my viewpoints to be read as well as the sisters’. I feel that my values have not been represented. I believe that as Catholics we should put God first. Mother Teresa said that America would not have peace as long as we support abortion. We need to keep alive our religious freedoms, The Little Sisters of the Poor were to be fined because they did not offer to pay for abortions and contraceptives in their health care. As Jesus told us, “Put God first and everything else will follow.”

Claire Rogus
San Mateo


From July 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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