Donald Trump’s characterization about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador was posed as a question that has not received much of an answer since he blurted it Friday. Why should we take people from these countries and not Norway? he wondered.
For starters, Norwegians have not been flocking to Minnesota and Iowa for about a century. About the only place you can get fresh lutefisk is in Bode, in Humboldt County. Norway doesn’t need us anymore. It is a free and prosperous place. Haiti, not so much. Or El Salvador. They are hellholes, most of us would agree, for the poor and oppressed.
As our congressional philosopher Steve King said, if these are such great places why don’t the refugees go back?
And therein lies the answer.
They are refugees.