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We Can Always Help Refugees, Regardless of Politics

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Politics aside, helping refugees across the globe is an important task that cannot be abandoned.


With debate raging on over US policy on refugees originating in areas of the Middle East and Africa, there are ways these groups can be supported regardless of the laws that are in place.

Ways to help provide protection from the corruption, violence, and oppression many of these people live with every day.

Ways to begin the process of helping them rebuild and sustain infrastructure so that displacement is not necessary.

Ways to show recognition of their plight while also protecting that of our own.
There are many ways to show our support, and thats what being American is all about.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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