I’d just like to take a moment to deconstruct Bennett Hall’s article on the resettlement of the Congolese couple in Corvallis that maximizes emotional appeal so that the narrative points directly where he wants you to see it without bothering with any relative points that might get in the way of that narrative.

After the emotional “beacon-of-hope” build-up, Bennett introduces us to the villain in his story and naturally it's Donald Trump and his backward policies of exclusion. Why, his administration has let half the numbers of refugees immigrate into this country than his beloved predecessor has!

Refugees from the Congo, however, are not on the small list of those currently on a travel ban, and seem content with their new lives. Seven years ago, another refugee, this one from Somalia, a country that is currently on the travel ban, living in Corvallis, attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb in Pioneer Square in a Christmas tree lighting event. There’s a difference Hall isn’t telling us and the difference is one that recognizes that not everyone seeking to leave a war-torn country is doing so to leave that war behind them. Emotionalism aside, we should get to make the choice of who comes in.

By the way, congratulations to Andre Sungura, Binwa Masoka and family for finding a home here in Corvallis where they can find peace and solace they’ve struggled to find for the last 20 years. I’m certain you will be happy here in Corvallis.

Harry Mallory

Corvallis (Jan. 9)

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