The manner in which our country treats refugees continues to preoccupy my thoughts. I am gladdened that several people who read my newsletter article last month accepted my invitation and wrote to our elected leaders. Donna Cavedon became a signatory on our behalf to the “Family Incarceration & Family Separation Letter” this week. Her letter is forceful and informative. It is my understanding that the United States ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention. This is the key legal document that defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of the host countries to protect them. The core principle of the document asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. It seems to me that individuals that present themselves at our border and seeking asylum are asserting their rights under this convention.
Thanks to Eric’s notice, I was able to watch the interview with Jack LeSage on KFOX news. Jack successfully brought to light the humanity and simplicity of the Oak Tree Project — providing hospitality for the “stranger in our land.” My thanks go out to Jack, Steve, Mike, Linda and all of those working on this project.
And finally, please join me in wishing Lucie Perrault well as she continues her academic development in Massachusetts this fall. We will miss her youthfulness, her energy, and her winning smile. Fortunately, the time she spent bringing our digital presence and communication platform into the 21st century will be with us as a reminder of her contribution and talent. Bon voyage, Lucie!