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Uruguay’s Humble President Offers to House 100 Syrian Refugee Children

Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, over 2 million Syrians have been displaced from their h...

Uruguay’s Humble President Offers to House 100 Syrian Refugee Children

Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, over 2 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes and forced to migrate to other areas.

Most refugees fled to Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Others flocked to cities like Germany and Hungary, hoping to find a safe haven and a new lease on life.


President José “Pepe” Mujica is somewhat of a celebrity to those efforting towards peace. He is well-known as the VW Beetle driving, sandal-wearing, farm-living “poorest president in the world,” as he donates 90% of his monthly salary to charity.

He also lives in a one-bedroom home – even though a recent report indicates his assets to be well into the six-figure range.

At present, both Germany and Brazil have granted immigration visas to Syrian refugees, 10,000 from the former and 2,000 from the latter. Surely more nations will follow suit in the future, as these people have no home to return to.


The United States Pales in Comparison

As World Mic reports, out of the estimated 2.3 million Syrian refugees displaced, the United States has only admitted 31 into the country – and that was in 2013. Perhaps even worse, although 135,000 Syrians had applied for asylum by January 2015, most applications were rejected because of strict immigration laws instituted to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

The Obama administration did announce in February 2014 it would ease up some of the immigration restrictions, and will exempt Syrian refugees “on a case-by-case basis to the ‘material support’ bar in U.S. immigration law,” reported Reuters.

Either way, there are millions of opinions on the issue and no one easy solution. At least President Mujica is exampling to the world the type of leaders we – individually and collective – can attract and vote into office.

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist


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