Trump says Syrian refugees aren’t vetted. We are. Here’s what we went through

Linda J. in her Baltimore apartment in 2015,(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)
Linda J. in her Baltimore apartment in 2015,(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Editor’s note: Linda J. and her family are Syrian refugees who made their way from Damascus to Lebanon and then to Baltimore. She worked with a caseworker and a translator from the International Rescue Committee, the nonprofit agency that helped them resettle here, to tell her family’s story of asylum. (Nabila Hejazi, a Syrian American social-work student, provided further translation assistance.) The Washington Post agreed that she could abbreviate her last name and omit other identifying details to protect family members in Damascus from persecution.

President Trump says that it is not safe to accept certain kinds of refugees without “extreme vetting” that he has yet to detail. So he has now banned people from seven countries, including Syria, which I fled with my family in 2014. But we were thoroughly vetted before we came here, just like other refugees — exhaustively, endlessly vetted. We are not terrorists. And if we’d been stopped from coming here, we would be suffering horribly right now.


SOURCE: Washington Post Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.