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beginning of the syrian crisis of the mostor, one engaged governments and my sense is that sometimes we have the leader but we turn around and say, where's the pack? what are the challenges you have faced in the international community to respond to the syrian of the most crisis? simon: thank you all for being here today. great turnout. keep thinking it is friday afternoon because i am taking tomorrow off, so, thank you for being here on what seems like a friday afternoon. the i represent the humanitarian state department and one of the difficulties of working in a humanitarian work is that we do not actually solve the political crises that caused the humanitarian harm in the first place. but we do very much hope that our colleagues led by secretary kerry right now are able to achieve a peaceful resolution to the crisis because that is what will cause the most humanitarian good. the continuation of the current
cessation of hostility in all its faults, it is saving a lot of lives and nothing is more important than that continuing. part of that is allowing greater numbers of humanitarian shipments in to those inside syria that are in great need, 5 million people have been arelaced inside syria in we hoping that the international community will put more pressure on the syrian government, particularly the russians and iranians to allow the shipments in. their record has been poor. the united states is the largest contributor to humanitarian needs around the world. about $6 billion a year -- that is real money. prm has a budget half of that, the other half is controlled the office of foreign disaster assistance here they are close partners. we have worked in different ways
to prm works very closely with international organizations. our chief partner is unhcr premier the largest funder of unhcr, the international committee of the red cross, the international organization of migration, the palestinian refugee organization. we work with many other organizations and also with ngos -- about 9% of our funding goes through ngos. we are not just about money. money counts, money is important, but we work with our diplomatic colleagues, of which to get our message around the world to improve humanitarian care, so we work with our allies and we do have allies supporting our efforts -- there are people behind me and standing next to me in this europeanhoing the humanitarian organization which is part of the european union
union, the large european countries such as germany, u.k., canada, australia -- but we would like to see that expand to other countries such as china. the gulf states have made some steps forward and we would like to see them do more. we use our diplomacy not just a look for money but to push for goals and policy changes that will help refugees around the world and we do that in such ways, simple ways as pushing countries to keep their borders open so that refugees can come. we also try to get them to change the way they treat refugees inside their countries. it is a tough -- that is tough because countries may great sacrifices. if you look at turkey, lebanon, jordan, just lebanon -- a quarter of the population is syrian refugees per can you
imagine how we would be reacting at the corner of our population were canadians -- got for bed. [laughter] >> perhaps not a great example -- god for bid. -- god forbid. [laughter] >> perhaps not a great example. , they can support themselves, they reduce the pressure on social services, they have been dignity. and, by the way, could you open up your school to the children, because you do not want to have hundreds of thousands of children's for four-five years -- for-five years have no education. we will help you pay for some of this -- we will -- we will contribute -- the world will contribute. you need to do a lot. it is a hard message to carry but it is one we are carrying. next fall for the first time since the crisis began, every
syrian child in jordan will be in school. so it is a big improvement. [applause] over half inside lebanon, there is more to do in lebanon -- and turkey is a really different and difficult place because of the language barrier and we have a long way in turkey that we have made some progress. -- home italk about doing on time? two? quickly, conferences will culminate with the seminar on thesees -- we are using and some us to push for greater world involvement in the areas that i just talked about. finally, a word on resettlement. the united states is the largest resettlement country. we resettle more refugees and all other countries put together through unhcr.
it is a small number as the total number of refugees resettled each year is 1% of the world's refugee population. there is a reason for that. resettlement has not been seen since after the indochina crisis as a solution to the refugee population. the concentration has been on supporting refugees in the countries where they fled. resettleave done is we people who are not doing well in the areas where they fled. we take the most vulnerable populations. i am not putting a value judgment on this, i just want to make the point that those for argue for us bringing in more refugees need to understand that this will require fundamental change in the way that the system works and a good deal of money because it is very expensive to resettle refugees are nevertheless, we are increasing the number of refugees we are bringing into the country. we have had a lot of political opposition but we have also had a lot of -- lot of grassroots
support and it hasn't stopped at all. 70,000 in the last three years. our planet sidhu 85 -- 80 5000 this year and 100,000 days to european we are bringing in 10,000 syrians this year which i'm at it is too small a number but that never was planned to grow in the outgoing years in we helped that it is a start to a really strong syrian resettlement program. thank you. [applause] thank you for reminding us that humanitarian organizations to diplomacy. you improve policies and away governments are prepared to respond in the region and that is important. i would like to acknowledge that the u.s. has been a leader in that field. everybody has been extremely constructive and polite to each other and thankful. i remember at the u.n. i was
thrown into more turbulent waters so i would like to have a brief discussion between the panelists before we give the floor to all of you to ask questions. that we areo see talking about the future legal pathways to come. have to we missed the boat? can we still repair the level of despair in which we find syria? ,f i was to ask one of you apart from thinking the u.s. government, what would you tell them? where did we miss the boat? what do you feel has gone wrong in a way the international community has responded? -- politely be said -- but i would like to generate some of the feelings you hear among syrian society when you speak between yourselves.
what would you have to tell us? that weld like to say are displaced. we are in need of support. libby great if you can help us by opening the door in front of syrian students, at least. people who gotf some tuition scholarships but they did not get the visa, so why? the answer that this is because we know that you are from syria, wa we are certainr that you are not going to call, that come, so -- i mean, of course we are not going to -- they're very amazing education here to go back to try in syria but at some point we will go back to try to build the country. my mom applied for the visa last week. she took a long way, 18 hours on thes through the dangers of road and a lot of restrictions we have ae because
quarter of the population -- they allowed 48 through the and the cpa she had all the papers per i center all the supporting documents. they told her no. we cannot give you a visa. when am i going to be able to see my family? it is so difficult for me. this is my third year unable to aleppo and i'mf hopeless to be able to see my mom. it is breaking my heart deeply. >> should i answer? it is a cruel and really hard and i feel for you -- i cannot imagine what it would be like for me and in the same position. i come from an immigrant family in it only strikes me how
different it was for my parents because of their ability to go back and see their relatives and communicate and know that their relatives are safe. all i can say to your specific question and it is not a great answer but i have to be honest, the way the visa law is written is that it requires people to prove that they will return home. obscene making people in a war zone the platypus because how they going to prove they will go home? not see any change and that unless there is a change in the law. on -- inre doing another area, realizing that what a horrible thing this is, there are a lot of people who have immigrated -- immigrant these as -- petitions -- many syrians -- >> [indiscernible] >> they are a -- there is a waiting list.
you are allowing anyone that has an immigrant visa petition waiting to join relatives in the states to apply now as a refugee and we are starting a program. that population will be able to would dress but we will not be able to address others without a legal change. and the thing is, after five years, and it seems that our leaders from all parts -- they screw things up. what i want to say is, instead of saying, the thing is, maybe after it the election we will have a different administration but i want to focus on one thing. stent of being afraid of bringing -- instead of being afraid to bring syrians, why to we not bring people in the middle who refuse violence and war, try to raise them on democracy, those will be the new
leaders that can and this conflict. otherwise, we will be trapped and kept in those leaders who instead of looking for the syrian benefits and the interest , they are taking care of themselves -- living in their hotels in palaces -- why is the u.s. government always skeptical about syrians being here? we have -- we had a great country and we learned many things from american values, democracy, tolerance. why should we increase this and have more syrians -- give them the opportunity to be the future leaders so they can go back and help in leading the community -- they hadle -- opposition. they need a new voice. why does the u.s. not work on helping those who are voiceless and bring them here to study and
to learn? and then those people will become our voices. i think millions of syrians would join them. why don't they think that? you are asking the wrong person. and i worknitarian on the refugee issue. you really need to ask political leaders why that is per from my point of view, from a refugee point of view, there has been nothing cooler than the focusing of legitimate fear on terrorism but the focusing of that on the refugee population is just horrific. people who are fleeing from terrorists are being branded by and it is justt ridiculous. your larger question on why we don't have programs outside of the refugee world to bring in other people, i don't have an answer for you.
>> i just want to answer that briefly. what you say makes sense. i am witness to the effort that prm has done on the hill to try to debunk the association between refugees and terrorism. i hope that we will move where you want to be but an election year is not the right time to push the issues. >> maybe the new administration will make -- .> we will see that perhaps next or will be other little bit easier to push some of these -- in the previous panel at georgetown, a group of students said we want to try to build a movement that will pressure universities, private universities in the u.s. to offer grants. this is just a temporary state that he would achieve part of
what you are saying which is treat people who can be the future of their own country. there is a movement among students which i think is extremely reassuring on some of the values that predominate in this country and i hope these will eventually see fruition. george? >> my question is an easier question to answer. it is for you, actually. challengestand the riela, because there are factors that the u.s. government cannot control and there are laws that have been there for decades and it is not magic to change them. my question is, why the asylum-seekers -- there are 5000 and seven seekers in the united now, some, until people, 3.5 years did not get an
interview. my question is, isn't it something that could easily -- a play for as we should easily from a theoretical standpoint be addressed in a faster way? whoe people who are year, are already here, who have been cleared, who got the visa, it is only about this interview -- this two hours interview in making a decision -- why are we keeping those people hanging not knowing anything? iask this question because believe that this is something that the u.s. government can easily control. not really know -- i do not work in a silent i think the answer is the department of homeland security has so many officers that can do the interviews and they are using them to interview refugees overseas, asylum cases here, and
cases they are coming across the southwest border with increased numbers and i just do nothing there are enough people to process the numbers that are coming in. there is a logical question after that, why don't they get more people? and i do not like what we are addressing u.s. the u.s. government, sorry. [laughter] >> this is the nearest opportunity for us. >> nothing personal -- just like, you are the only person. >> you were saying that we failed, and that we are trying to be positive and optimistic and look forward, but that there has been a failure. it needed to be said, the number of deaths, the prolonged conflict, and not just in syria -- around syria, init iraq, 3
million displaced persons, and now europe and the challenges there, the risks international law and european law, and what that means for asylum. and the polarization of public opinion in europe and the united states. i guess it is good. because for every critical xenophobia there is somebody that has been positively engaged. but still, the public opinion has become very challenging. and then it becomes personal. and the first refugees resettled to kansas city. when it happened, there was a family that was supposed to go to texas. and they had to stop in new york. they were not sure if they would be safe going to texas. that kind of situation was unheard of. we never had to deal with that. so yes, there has been a failure.
there has also been a failure in south sudan, all over. and thethat is funding inability to realize the plans that we have got for individual and community support. for sustained engagement. at the humanitarian level. more could have been done. it crystallized -- it all crystallized recently, i am afraid. and i guess positively, to the extent that there is now -- a real focus on education. poorlow of so many refugees to europe struck a nerve, that still hurts. but it woke the continent. and one of the motivations for that, as i mentioned, besides despair and the cut off of food pushone of the positive
factors was that we want to educate our kids. because so many of them are being left behind. in in asylum. and so now, there is that positive spin. we can only hope that resources will go in. we know that the host countries are prepared to support. as far as secondary and tertiary education and scholarships and the like, that from the days that unhcr was helping south refugee students in the 60's and 70's, that is always been a high per capita investment. it makes a lot of sense. there are organizations, there are philanthropists, there are states like the germans and the scholarship program that are really working now, getting better in doubt. we can only hope, subject to visas of course, that we will have more students coming to the united states. and we know that universities
and the students that are behind these associations are really willing. i know that there is john hopkins prepared to take a student. so the one student will hopefully become 10, 20, 30, 50. in the meantime, people are dying. the war is continuing. and the international community has failed. >> and it certainly agrees with a focus on education. we were recently in southern turkey, asking people why did you move to europe? we would ask lots of people. i thought the main reason would be tension and local community, no ability to return and no jobs. and the answer he got most often come education for the children was the main reason. i repeat that. those who move have the means to move. many do not. and part of turkey is now considering the permits, for the
percentage of refugees, at a time when there are lots of problems in turkey, they are trying to push that. i hope they get some results. thank you very much for this discussion. i think now we will open the debate for questions from the audience here. i have lights in my eyes. just wave your arm. yes? >> hi, i was recently in europe a few months ago. turkey, as well, for that matter. i was speaking to a swedish woman, was around my age. so she was young. and the way she was talking about refugees was so kind of disgusting. and i felt like i could not because shenything, is from a country where they took in a lot of refugees. and i am an american. we have some trouble just taking
10,000. and what really shocked me was that this was a very educated woman. even earlier, she was talking about -- i mean all kinds of animal rights -- just a cognitive dissonance when it came to these particular groups of people, as opposed to all of the other issues she feels very strongly about. and it was just very alarming. being in europe at that time commencing the way it was. it was not just these fringe movements come a very kind of large segment of the population had these very racist ideas of syrian migrants who were coming in. arest want to ask, how these migrants adjusting in countries like sweden and germany now? as the gotten better or worse? -- has it gotten better or worse? >> ok. [laughter] the short answer to my question
not anour question, i am expert on the reception and integration process. i would, since we are at georgetown, i would prefer everybody to the migration policy institute. it is one source of very, very reliable and comparative information about the resettlement and integration, to use that term, it is not perfect, the experiences of refugees in the u.s. as well as in europe. i do not want to presume that i know how -- you know, there was this whole expectation that refugees would bring a boom to the german economy. that seems to not be immediately the case. from what i have read, this is not something that happens overnight. there are challenges in terms of getting employment, challenges in terms of societal acceptance, and the like.
but as far as that woman's attitude is concerned, i'm afraid that one of the ways there has been failures, which i should have mentioned, is political leadership. and where angela merkel, and it was some extent president obama as well, has stood out, and the prime minister of canada, they tried to lead the opinion. in some of the other european countries i am afraid, they either led them in a negative way -- and i will not name the countries but they have barbet wire around them -- barbed wire around them. they instilled sufficient doubt in the population, and such opinions flourish. and that is not good for us. for syrians, and i daresay for muslim refugees in general. and if it is not good for them, it is not good for any refugee. >> if i could add, one of the
reasons our program is so successful despite the recent attacks, we've never had attacks like this before, it is because integration,on around 300 sites around the country. and we as a public-private partnership and we use ngos to resettle them working with local charities, getting them to meet people, finding jobs, getting the kids in school. and one great thing about the u.s., any child gets to go to school. there is never any question about what is your status or anything like that/ . they get to school. it worked really well for us. and one thing we found is that anybody that has met a refugee in this eight is positive towards the refugee experience. people, imeet any cannot think of any people like the sweetest person you met, the people who do not like refugees in the state have not met someone. our goal is to get someone.
>> i wanted to question, a follow-up to that, i used to officer. i now live in colorado. watching this discussion, the political climate that we have come in occurred to me that perhaps there has been a failure of someone to somehow educate people in the u.s. and perhaps elsewhere about what is a refugee, and who is a refugee, and who is a migrant? many people in the middle of the country think they are all the same. and they think of mexicans crossing the border, and syrian refugees as kind of all the same. and i think that the people had a better understanding of what a refugee is, who they are and what they have gone through, perhaps the political dialogue would be more reasonable.
i don't know who would be responsible for that. but i think it is a serious problem. may, i cannot agree with you anymore. ashed on theer shore of turkey, there was an outpouring of sympathy and empathy and the generosity, that we were looking for for a long time around the syrian crisis. very shortly thereafter of course, there was the paris bombing and the famous passport that through the whole refugee narrative topsy-turvy. and then with san bernardino, that brought it home to the united states. and it was impossible, for us, to counter, clarify, educate, if you will, partly because everybody was watching -- i will not name the news networks -- that were showing migrants coming in streams and masses
through muddy fields. however sad those stories, they were still representing a massive threat. and that was popularized in the know, and in this, you electoral season. and it was conflated, to a certain extent, with what was happening south of the united states border. and the language there of a legal, irregular, and all of that. and that made things, and still do make things, very difficult in terms of clarifying these are refugees, not with ending u.s. history. i mean, we know as americans who refugees are. and we know about the immigration story of the united states. and we know that there is a certain mixing thre, from ere, from the days of the pilgrims. but nevertheless, a got
manipulated. this was a very bad year to have a refugee crisis in the u.s. >> one thing that happened in the europe, and happened in the u.s., there is a vetting process. it takes a long time, but it is very organized. what happened in europe, everybody arrived uninvited. which the people who opposed the movement said very strongly. they cannot have protection before that. they come here because they want the migration outcome, and they want to decide where they go. you do not want to be told where they can be protected. a year ago, the european union made a proposal to the member states, which was not perfect but had the right elements. you know, process them, those refugees being relocated by having the sharing between the 28 members. and those that do not qualify, it was not syrians coming there were several other groups, some less so, they were not able to get the member states to agree.
so the the situation deteriorated to the recent situation, not wanting anyone and not wanting legal pathways. that is why it is more pessimistic right now. but we are not showing the in the comingpe couple of years. you know, i think that is successful. as for your message on presentation of what are the differences, these are very extensive problems. and right now, witnesses see how the u.s. is struggling to see how to deliver the very basic, fully funded year after year, they do not have the bandwidth to start such a larger public education program. hello, i am from syria. i am a newcomer here in america,
two weeks ago. i am married, seven years, ok? from american, ok? after six years, i had a visa. and for doctors, i have registered three years, ok? i work with ngos. irc, myu.n., the wife is an american, from chicago. i want to think, what future for ?.n. and yours i am sorry. my english is not good. but not bad. i hope you understand me. 400 students, 150 from
america. ask, the future after the refugee in america, ok? it is not important. now i am here. i come to america. but after america, ok, i could not have any opinion about being here. after two weeks, i am close. , here innt here, ok america, i do not understand -- i think here. the syrian refugee come in, what happens? in germany, france, ok? this is a problem for syrians. syrian refugee is not just about immigration, money, not everything. just world peace. all of the syrians excepted me.
whenever i see them sleep in the street, whenever i see a syrian not want to eat, have the work, have everything, just i want to understand what the future is for refugees? >> thank you. well, refugees were settling in the u.s., i know the first years are difficult. many have to do two jobs. adler had to access school for the children, health care, etc.. it is complicated. but in general, refugees who settle here do very well. they had this will to recover the time they lost during the conflict. i would not despair. maybe after many years, they decide to go back to their home, if the conditions back home allow that. i don't think that -- for instance you coming here -- that that is permanent.
but i am positive about the way this country allows reasonable refugees to start a new life. it is hard work, no doubt about it. but it works. i have seen refugees from somalia, the congo, nepal, burma ago, whohree years came after the iraqi invasion. i would have some hope. i agree with you. i think that america, as a country, the culture in america is very helpful for newcomers to integrate. i purposely never had the problem in integrating and meeting new people and talking to americans, or anything like that. so, i do not know if i understood your question very well. but if i did, i think that the u.s. as a culture would be very helpful for you to integrate.
but then, if your question is what would happen next? what would happen when the war ends? i believe there is no, like you can leave whenever you want. i do not think anyone would make you stay where you do not want to. >> one of the things that i have noticed that is much more engaged by the syrian-american community, and i broadly defined have since many lebanese syrian dissent. escent. and the arab-american community at the institute, the medical association, a number of organizations are engaged not just in providing money, but they are becoming more, you know, engaged with nongovernmental organizations to help syrians coming in. they are advocating, but they
are also doing. i think that is a very positive reflection of the diaspora, becoming supporteive of new arrivals. >> no, please, go ahead. >> go ahead. >> one of the reasons we have the resettlement program, which are most refugees, they are assigned an organization that helps them get settled, and sort of watches over them while they are first there and then connects them with people from the refugee community. so we often see groups of refugees working in the same place. and when a new refugee company will bring that refugee along for a job interview. and the same with the schools, the local ngos we work with will bring children to schools and stuff. we do not just drop a family off. it is really hard. a new country, you often have to take a job that you loate the
skilthe, the skill level you have in your own country. we do not drop them off and make them do. >> i think your organization in chicago called the syrian community network, it provides access and support, supporting a lot of syrian refugees. and they have a lot of families who came as refugees from syria, that they can be integrated. like if you would want to be in touch with them, they are really helpful. hi, good afternoon. i have a couple of questions. the first one is kind of short. where inous about syria most of the refugees are coming from? because i hear a lot about the political division from syria, christians, muslims -- i'm
sorry, like our most of the refugees from one ethnic group or the other? arrayit a wide, diverse of people who are coming from their? r andhere? and then, the second question is more challenging, do you think is easy to get a clinical solution to solve the refugee crisis -- a political solution to solve the refugee crisis or the actual syrian conflict? do you think it would be easier toget the eu, russia, u.s. agreed to a solution that would help quell, or would it be easier to bring the refugees here? the would like to take second one. [laughter] short, in reading, in syria everybody is convinced
that that in negotiation, they do not tend to offer any compensation, or, rising anything. the last number -- i do not know what it is -- they did not meet anything. because everybody comes with very high demand, asking for impossible's on the other part. and i have to admit that. as a syrian, because we were under one regime and party, we do not know how to negotiate. so usually when it comes to asking for the impossible. people after like couple of years, like what he said, in 201 3, people start losing hope. because after one conference after another, they found nothing. forcing the others, like my family that is still there, they are hearing the propaganda of the media from all parts. the thing is, as long as those
leaders remain, convincing them that they are winning, they will not give anything in return. so we only have two solutions. one, end them all and bring new ones. the other thing, try to empower those who have like a different voice an opinion. what they call the silent majority, the people who want a new leader, but they do not have the ability to do that. so, we are now try to focus on the refugees, and this kind of change will take a while. after this, like geneva, there is nothing. news, it will be the same geneva conference that or threeed to her threwo years ago, the same request and everything. >> as for your first question, i believe the answer would be sunni muslims. it is very unfortunate, but it is i believe of fact the
neighborhoods that are targeted most are muslims. it is a proportional question, because also they are the majority. but at the same time, it is a fact. i believe that most of them are refugees. >> i would like to add that syrian pigeons are just 5%. so i mean, if we see the majority are muslims, as i said, we used to lead together as one blood. we used to share. ramadan. now we even share food. my mom tells me that in my building we have muslim neighbors that share food like brothers, like sisters. we have no differences. and i hope we will always advocate for this.
>> which groups in syria -? >> yes, go ahead. technically, everybody on the panel mentioned budget constraints. they do not have enough money. students do not have enough money to attend university, not enough money for public education. schools are expensive. gavenited states and 2014 $5.9 billion to humanitarian assistance. but more on military spending. alone are allocated $4.9 billion. is there some uncertainty in america and the priorities of the -- i know politically it is
difficult to just reroute money like that. of i think that terms extreme percentage difference is kind of unacceptable. [applause] >> i think we would take this as a statement. [laughter] next? >> thank you. question mayhis lead to the syrians on the panel. without getting too hypothetical, for context i am writing an academic paper currently, so this is the idea behind my question. i definitely agree with some of the questions and comments about most of americans, in particular really not understanding who syrian refugees are. i have been trying to consider how do we actually change that, writ large? one on one, it is not going to happen fast enough or be
prevalent enough. one of the things i get pushback from on the american counterparts, don't you think it is invasive to take syrian refugees, let us publicize your story, tell the world more about you? so my question to you is, having this opportunity, do you feel it would be invasive not just for you, but more syrian refugees being asked more real, personal narratives being published, would you feel that that is invasive? would you feel that that is infringing on your privacy? >> well, in terms of what we can do, there are many things we can do. like of course, the media is one thing. what we are doing right now is one thing. tools, inpowerful terms of how to raise awareness. but answering your question, i think not at all. as i mentioned at the beginning,
i feel that i have a responsibility to share, although i count myself as when the luckiest, to share what happening in my country, to let people know the pain my people are having on a daily basis. other factor that plays into this, we as syrians do not usually get to give our opinion. we are just not used to it. believewe are asked, i that most of the refugees, regardless of how painful their they wouldre, but love to share. they would not feel offended or anything by sharing what happened to them. because they want the people to know what their people are facing, still facing on a daily basis. this is very subjective question, like every person might have a different opinion. but from my work with refugees and many other syrians, this
would be -- >> can i add something? as i said in the beginning, i am technically not a refugee. i came into a different process and system. but my ability to convey my ideas through my journalistic and professional ideas, i have a good comment to try to speak on se that haveho the same story but cannot deliver on that. i think when they offered me, e-mailing me asking me to be here, i think i had the same opinion. we accepted immediately. it is not intrusive when someone to tell your story. it would be intrusive if they did that without your permission. it is not intrusive. you can ask people, ask them that if it is not ok, they will not tell you. but we are here, refugees are here, but they have families, friends, relatives. they will speak on their behalf.
we have their stories, and you will year 100,000 -- you will 100,000 different stories. >> just a quickie, world refugee day is the 20th of june. and the theme for that, because i was looking at my phone, #re fugee. precisely the telling of the refugee story. there is nothing like being with a refugee, as opposed to watching the video or reading the story. but nevertheless, it is the personalizing -- the 60 million and all of these numbers that are relevant and shocking themselves, they do not yet bring home the personal stories and tragedies of the refugee story. >> a long time ago, it was a statistic. and one day, is a tragedy.
we are still there. you have to show the numbers we manage for policy purposes are not convincing anyone. they are terrifying people. the moment you bring personal histories and lives, i had a very difficult argument with someone on the hill that was completely against resettlement, etc. he said mohammed is ok. you know? in a way, you demystify things. i think we will have to stop there. and i really want to thank the panelists for these very, very firm discussions, and sharing difficult stories. coming under the lights to do that. thank you very much. [applause] >> and the last word? >> you can go. >> sorry. >> i want to add just one last
thing. we came from a country where our government and leaders tell us what to do. and it is all we have to do is people is to listen. here, i learned a different thing. i learned the voice of the people is heard. i do not know what channels, because i'm still new. but you can do that. you can vote for us. you can say our stories. you can say your impression about the syrian refugee. we are not angels, we are 24 million syrian. release we gave you some -- but at least we give you some idea of what we might be. present the political process. i don't know the process. but you can help the syrians that are there. they are hoping to have a better future, away from violence. [applause] >> thank you. i am sure the panelists -- on c-span,next
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the complete schedule. >> one day after becoming the presumptive nominee, donald trump spoke to supporters in charleston, west virginia. during his speech, he received a hard hat from an official with a west virginia coal association. this is 50 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next president of the united states of america, mr. donald j. trump. [john denver's "country road" playing] ♪ country roads take me home to the place i belong west virginia
mr. trump: beautiful, west virginia. oh, this is beautiful. thank you very much, everybody. i actually wish the primaries were not over. it is so fun this way. i want the primaries to keep going, but everyone is out. i am the only one left that's ok, right? right? [cheering] mr. trump: yeah, it ended two days ago. and we just kept going 1, 2, 3, 4, one after another and we had a great time. i've never done this stuff
before. am i doing a good job? [applause] mr. trump: right? am i doing a good job? [applause] mr. trump: i'll tell you what, folks. you heard me the other night. i was not thinking even about you. i was thinking about the miners all over this country. we're going to put the miners back to work. we're going to put the miners back to work. we are going to get those mines open. oh, coal country. what they have done. and how about hillary clinton? i was watching her three or four weeks ago. [booing] mr. trump: see, i'm going to put the miners back to work and she said, i'm going to put the miners and the mines out of business and then she comes over and she tried to explain her statement. that is a tough one to explain. wouldn't you say? i watched her sitting at the table with a very good group of people and one of the miners was not exactly happy with her.
he was not exactly happy. so, who do we have, who is a miner in this group? who is standing up? they are all standing up anyway. i will to you what, folks. you are amazing people. and we're going to take care of you. a lot of years of abuse, ok? and you can count on it 100%. 100%. and you knew that because i just had a poll, it is irrelevant now because of the whole thing. but i was like, i think it was the highest poll i've ever had. and there were three people. so, i could have waited. maybe they would have waited another week, i would've been happy. so, i was not going to come today. they all said you do not have to come, because the contest is over. and you're the nominee of the republican party. congratulations. [applause]
mr. trump: and you're going to be so happy. you are going to be so happy. but they said you're now the nominee, and you do not have to come west virginia. and i said, let me ask you, do they know i'm coming? yes. how many tickets have you sold? we have 32,000 but the arena holds 15,000. i said, does that mean a place is going to be packed? yes. does that mean people are standing outside right now next to loudspeakers? as many as you have in here, you have more outside. imagine -- now, we love the people outside but your location is better. do we agree, right? so, i said, wait a minute, you have like 50,000 people in here and you have thousands outside and we are going to notice the people of west virginia i'm not coming because i do not have to come. i don't have to do anything. there is no way i don't go to west virginia. we are going to have fun, ok? right?
we are going to have fun, ok? right? [applause] [cheering] mr. trump: there's always been something about west virginia. i'll tell you a little secret. i've always been fascinated by the mines. i always have. i don't know why. you know, i love construction. i love the whole thing. i can tell you more about caterpillar tractors than the people that work there. i just know, i love that business. i love construction and i love, i'll tell you, i've just always been fascinated by the mines and the courage of the miners. and the way the miners love what they do. they love what they do, you know? and i was talking to some of the people and i said, why don't they move, why don't they go some place else? of course, in this country