Promises to keep: Refugees refuse to forget those they left behind

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  • Sorry Charlie! SLC, UT
    June 2, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    Those of you slamming government assistance seem to be missing the point that government assistance is what brought the refugees to the US and gave them the opportunities in the first place.

  • asmartman HOLLADAY, UT
    May 23, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Popeye1250 criticizes foreign aid, but is ignorant of the fact that the United States has received hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid over the past 5 years.

    Dut, is a great example of a person who see's humanity without borders. Being a U.S. citizen is inconsequential to being a good person. The world needs more people like Dut who work hard to help others, and less Popeye1250's that sit back and criticize their good deeds.

  • popeye1250 Myrtle Beach, SC
    May 22, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    It's not the job of the U.S. to "provide" anything to foreign countries.

    This is just the same old thing, they always have two (2) "solutions" to foreign countrie's problems;
    1. More immigration to the U.S.
    2. More money from the U.S. to foreign countries.
    There's nothing new here.
    When are those foreign countries going to stand up for themselves finally?
    As a U.S. Citizen, Voter, Taxpayer and Military Veteran I just don't care about foreign countries like those mentioned. I don't want them bringing their problems to my country.
    It's not my job to provide anything for them nor my government's.
    This whole "foreign aid" thing has been going on since the Marshall plan and that's WAY too long!
    Some countries have been sucking "foreign aid" out of us for 20, 30, 40 years! WHEN does it end?
    If they can't get off (welfare) by 5 or 6 years then we need to walk away and let the chips fall where they may.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    I worked with Dut as a 'low-level computer support person,' a position we both saw as a path to something better. He is a good man trying to do some good in the world.

    If we brought every needy person here we would be too overwhelmed to help them, that is why there are limits on immigration. If the few who come to the US reach back like this and help the many who remain we can give them the tools to lift their nations out of poverty.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 22, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    I am convinced that there is always hope -- and usually in spite of government, and rarely because of it.

    There is in many people a spark of determination -- determination to rise above "the way it is" and work towards the way it could be. It was that determination that led a group of people to discontinue "aid" from King George and instead establish a union that relied upon the merits of individual responsibility, self determination and hard work.

    As this young man has done, we all need to get out of the "victim's" category and start once again to push against those immense rubber tree plants which will eventually give way.

    It begins small, a few dollars, a few minutes, a few people. If we wait for majorities and million dollar awards, we'll be waiting a long time.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    May 22, 2012 12:00 p.m.

    You knoe I don't want to sound insensitive to Dut's needs but there is one issue that won't allow this to blossom. The people here are broke,our government has seen to that.Just look at the national debt and these fools want more and they stiffle the job market with their over regulations and they still want more. Then you have all these scandals that have surfaced in the last 5-6 months,the mess at the GSA,the mess in Columbia,the Hawaii trip involving the courts and they do it with impunity because they can get away with it.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 22, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    I've known Dut for several years and have heard his story. He's one of the kindest most genuine people you'll ever meet. The troubles in his country are simply unimaginable, and he wants desperately to help make a change for good. Dut reminds me of the saying, "Some men see things as they are and say 'why?' - I dream things that never were and say 'why not?'"

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    May 22, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    I agree with Lasvegas. When I was in Sudan I saw how the US Government aid was misused. Very little gets to those that need it as too high of a percent makes it way to the pockets/bank accounts of the government officials. We should encourage more of this personal aid and cut back on US government foreign aid.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 22, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    Notice that each person mentioned in this article is, themselves, working hard to achieve goals, while at the same time “giving back” to help others. This is indeed the perfect model.

    This is also why government welfare fails. Rather than encouraging a person to set goals and work toward them, it backfires and can result in generational welfare and continuing poverty. When are we as a nation going to recognize this?

    “We want to provide a safety net, but we don’t want it to become a hammock.” (Ronald Reagan)