Trump the Refugee

I saw many Syrian refugees begging on the streets of Istanbul when I was in Turkey earlier this summer. Little girls would come running up to me asking for lira, sometimes emphatically. I gave on several occasions, but it was impossible to give to everyone. I also visited Bodrum, the resort town where the Syrian boy recently washed up on the beach, making headlines around the world. When I was there, it wasn’t yet obvious that Bodrum was about to become Ground Zero for the refugee crisis. But it’s strange to know I was just walking those beaches and swimming in those waters. You can see the Greek island of Kos from the shore; tourists routinely take day trips there. I snapped this photo because I was reminded of Daily Kos:

The less hazardous option for non-refugees

The less hazardous option for non-refugees

I don’t have much to say about Donald Trump’s repugnant comments about immigrants, aside from the suggestion that he use some of his billions to buy a clue about the desperation that drives people into these situations.


  • Alan Barta

    Immigration is certainly an issue. Mayors of some cities actually “import” foreign nationals from particular countries and put them on welfare to drive out rivals and shore up weak coalitions in order to consolidate control and ensure votes in next elections. Immigrants can just be pawns; they settle in, start to earn and pay taxes, then get summarily deported to places they don’t even know anymore. Conservatives and fascists have always pushed people into refugee status because being mobile undermine power. All of the issue can be blamed on politicians. According to anthropologists, all Americans immigrated here from somewhere else, including so-called native tribes who share genes with Asians and Europeans. Diversity made America great, not Trump-like comb-overs types.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.