Just five days after the terror attacks in Paris, filled with false, angry rhetoric from the GOP and calls from governors to keep Syrian refugees fleeing terror away from their states as Florida's Rick Scott has done, innocent victims fleeing terror are now living in fear where they thought they had found a safe haven in Florida.
When the bombs started falling near her family's apartment building in Aleppo, Syria, Amal Saleh was too scared to leave their home.
Now, after a 21-month journey that scattered her family around the world and left one of them dead, the Syrian refugee finds herself scared to leave her new home near Fort Lauderdale. This time, it's the Americans she's scared of.
Saleh said she's watched in horror as Americans have focused their fears following the Paris terrorist attacks on Syrian refugees trying to find safety. "The same way that Americans are afraid of us, now we are afraid of them," said Saleh, 45, from the home she shares with her husband and their four teenage children. "I would tell them that we, the Syrian people, are very peaceful. These are children, women and elderly who have no blame for what's happening. We have been vetted very thoroughly.
"We deserve to live."
The Salehs don't even have an Internet connection in their home yet, but it's been impossible for them to miss the widespread reaction around the country to people trying to follow in their footsteps.
They hardly need an Internet connection when they have a governor in their own back yard claiming he wants to keep Florida families safe from people like "them." (Contrary to what Rick Scott claims, read more here of the extensive vetting this family had to go through to get here.)
Well done, Governor Scott. Mission accomplished.
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