Terry Paulson

Many have come to America; some to your neighborhood. The uncertainty and threats of military attacks are creating a very real fear for their loved ones still in harm's way in the Middle East.

I've met a number of Iranian families that have come here legally but now face a variety of asylum/immigration nightmares. They've diligently filled out necessary forms, been fingerprinted, but, in the face of immigration office cutbacks and obstacles, are finding little progress.

A father in one family "temporarily" returned to Iran to handle business and family emergencies. Now, with hostilities on the rise and a possible American attack on Syria, will he be able to return? Collateral damage comes not only from bombs, but from lives put on hold.

Like others, this family came to America for asylum, opportunity, and religious freedom. These immigrants simply want to have their families settled and to become proud contributors to America. Instead of initiating military actions with no clear objective or hope of success, we should focus on making a difference to deserving families one family at a time. Let's support dreams instead of exporting unnecessary missiles that just might add to the many graves already there.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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