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If United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s border clo­sure or­ders had been en­acted here, we would have lost the ser­vices of some in­spi­ra­tional refugees in­clud­ing Syr­ian Khaled Al Joula, whose story has been well doc­u­mented.

Ar­riv­ing here last year af­ter flee­ing his war-torn coun­try, he and his fam­ily have built a new life in the Hutt Val­ley and have built a gar­den that not only feeds his fam­ily but those in his com­mu­nity.

Most im­mi­grants travel half way around the world to start new lives and are des­per­ate to make the move work and be ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties.

It is wor­ry­ing that Mus­lims here may feel tar­geted as a re­sult of Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial Mus­lim ban, es­pe­cially if they have rel­a­tives in the US.

Race Re­la­tions Com­mis­sioner Dame Su­san Devoy says New Zealand as a whole needs to stand up against this type of in­jus­tice.

‘‘Hate grows from very small seeds at the be­gin­ning - we need to make sure this sort of be­hav­iour doesn’t be­come nor­malised in our own coun­try.’’

- Shar­ron Par­doe

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