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Baseball Player, Girlfriend Explain Why They Hosted Syrian Refugees For Thanksgiving

Many Americans fear the incoming wave of Syrian refugees, but for the Oakland Athletics’s reliever Sean Doolittle, he invited 17 families of Syrian refugees in Chicago into his home on Wednesday to share “American hospital and togetherness.”

“We see on the news that we should fear these refugees, half of whom are children. That there’s a chance they could ‘radicalize once they get here,” wrote Doolittle’s girlfriend Eireann Dolan.. “I in no way want to even lend credence to this fear, but wouldn’t you say that the single best way to prevent radicalization is through one-on-one ambassadorship?”

“My family came to this country from a poor and war-torn Ireland within the last century,” she wrote. “When they came to this country, it would have been very easy for them to be mistaken for those who would wish to commit terrorist activities when all they really wanted to do was to give their children a better life free from war and poverty.”

Think Progress reports:

Dolan’s grandfather who she said immigrated from Ireland to escape the Troubles as a child died earlier this year, and hosting Syrian refugees was a way, in part, to honor him.

President Obama made similar appeals for the acceptance of the 10,00 Syrian refugees the U.S. has vowed to take in over the course of next year, by reminding Americans that the pilgrims commemorated on Thanksgiving similarly fled persecution.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to suspend the refugee resettlement program in order to intensify screening measures.

Immigration experts have said the vetting process refugees face before they are allowed to enter the U.S. is more stringent than any other way to enter the country and can take up to two years.

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