FROM THE EDITOR
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