Washington D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council releases Learning from Our Past: The Refugee Experience in the United States by David W. Haines, Ph.D. 

As we all pause to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday, we also should take a moment to reflect on the history that makes us American. Part of that history is the story of the refugee experience in the United States.

“The acceptance and resettlement of refugees reiterate fundamental American values and, indeed, the fundamental value of America. There has been opposition to refugees, to their unexpected arrival in unpredictable numbers, their uncertain and chaotic origins, and their diversity since they often come from places and situations that are truly foreign to Americans. But there has also been great support, people who support refugees in both word and deed and who take their resettlement as a re-invocation of the best of what America can be.”

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