She left Vietnam to live in Tunsia when she was 9 years old. She moved to France when she was 17. She is 58 now, a full-time physical therapist, with a son preparing to go to university.
She visited the United States in 1999. She toured New York City and loved it. Then she went to Minnesota.
Minnesota. She has cousins who live and work in Minnesota. Like her, they were refugees, fleeing their homeland destroyed by napalm during the Vietnam war.
She remembers living in fear. She remembers living with a military curfew. I remember being against the war.
She does not blame me or other individuals for the war. She rationalizes that governments ruined her country.
If her cousins needed asylum now, the great expanse and the heart-warming opportunities in the United States of America would not be their choice, and probably not an option. After all, the U.S. is being dismantled, one element at a time: Freedom of speech and press, Freedom of Religion, Separation of Church and State, Department of Education, Environmental Protection, Social Security, NEA, Parks and Wildlife. The list continues.
Canada, perhaps, still aware that people are the most valuable resource in a country, Canada would open its arms to them. And Australia. Maybe Sweden.