What's Behind The Different Responses To Afghan Refugees, Haitian Migrants

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 12:56pm
Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 12:58pm
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With the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the end of our country’s longest war, Afghans have been fleeing the Taliban, and now, those refugees are settling around the country and the world.

So far 18 of them have been placed here in Arizona, and they are being welcomed by the community and politicians alike.

But at the same time, we’re seeing images from our southern border of Haitian migrants who are seeking asylum being rounded up by border agents on horseback and unceremoniously deported.

And Fernanda Santos wonders why there’s such a gap in compassion for the two groups.

Santos is a Washington Post contributing columnist and a journalism professor at Arizona State University. In her latest column, she takes on the issue. But she begins with the story of Carolyn Campbell and Phil Manning.

Back in 2001, Manning had just lost his brother in the Twin Towers attacks — a time when a lot of people responded with hatred or fear of anyone who looked like they were from the Middle East.

But Campbell and Manning went in the other direction, even in the face of tragedy.

The Show spoke with Santos to learn more about the two, and how their story relates to the current immigration response.

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