“Three months ago, a photo of a drowned Syrian refugee toddler sobered the world.
Now even Donald Trump’s Muslims ban hardly shocks it. How did we get here?
When the photo of 3-year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi was published on Sept. 3, it prompted a worldwide outcry. In an instant, it put a face to the 4.4 million refugees who had left Syria since its civil war began in 2011, the largest displacement of people since WWII.
It also shamed the U.S., once a leader in helping the world’s displaced peoples, but which has resettled just over 2,200 Syrians, less than one-tenth of the applicants referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. One week after Aylan’s photo was published, the Obama administration announced the U.S. would take 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. Soon afterward, it said the U.S. would raise its annual cap on global…
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