A Lesson for Us All


A one-hundred-and-four-year-old Syrian woman has made her way, not easily and with a lot of help, to Canada. She had never been out of her homeland before the perilous journey.

She and her family went to Turkey, where they were first denied entry. For seven months they waited, until they were accepted as refugees by Canada. She was born in 1912, the year of the Titanic disaster.

She has dark blue tattoos typical of older generations of Bedouin women.

Because of immigration rules, her grandchildren were left behind, however.

“I worry about my grandchildren. Every time I look at their pictures, I cry.”

“The future is for my children,” her son said.

If ever there was a time to give some discretion to immigration officials this case appears to be it.

It’s a remarkable story. You should read it.

Why can’t America do more?



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