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The Refugee homeless in America

Updated on September 20, 2013

Buddy that ain't no pile of rocks it is the doorway to someones home.

Home is a place  and space not a building
Home is a place and space not a building | Source

A refugee, think about why we give asylum.

A refugee is general a class* of persons forced from home because of being in that class. Most often limited to certain types of classes. Our homeless generally really are not homeless, just houseless or apartmentless. Let that sink in. They for whatever reason are not in a permanent structure. But they still make homes for themselves. Cardboard cities in alleyways always seems to hit movies or shows set in big Cities. From time to time these folks are forced from their homes by government authority.

I am in a rural area and the homeless have homes in our undeveloped canyons. Recently a canyon I frequently hike has a story.

This hub is greatly inspired by a friend of mine and that hub is: Buffalogal just got awarded a hug of the day by faith reaper -- quite an honor.

*not always the case the US allows refugee status to those who are being persecuted by drug cartels in Mexico - a tougher case but still valid.

Some Idea of what a home is to some folk

I am just asking. People used to ask white people, "do you even know a black man"

I ask do you even know a homeless person?

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The Otay Water Authority has control over the canyon area.

Fire danger is huge here right now. So they cleared shrubs and scrub bushes and bamboo like plants down in the creek bed and up above on the ridges. It makes perfect sense. This displaced some homeless camps/homes. One can understand that as our worst fires start in such places and nail outskirts.

Or so I thought for a few days. Some had moved up right next to the trail -- very strange, that provides no privacy. And puts you at risk from every passerby.

So I took off with two gallons of drinking water - cold and sealed from the 7-eleven. A homeless has a healthy dose of paranoia that we do not need.

I caught up to an old vet I recognized from the last couple of years, they just call him sarge. I know he is a real vet because of his choppers. Only guys that get VA benefits can get a new set of teeth. Any how he ranted about fire danger B S it was a roust, plan and simple.

I had some extra time and needed more exercise so I climbed Heart Attack Hill (hey that is the official county park name) across the canyon and looked down on the canyon and ridges. And I was shocked and horrified at what I saw.

I grew up in the country and my scout master was Dr. Harry Brown he is the guy who designed the thinning concepts and fire prevention process for the US Department of Interior. As scouts we did it at least once a month, I know how it works.

So what dropped my jaw was the clearly discernible pattern of the clearings. They were no where close to fire prevention methods. The authority had just gone in and clear cut where every previous little homeless camp had been. And they did no soil erosion prevention in those area and they undoubtedly also wiped out habitat for animals some quite rare and others food for our endangered predator bird species in the area.

This beautiful little spot known as the outpost is no more. They weed wacked down down to the dirt and just left the tinder in stacks.

No one lived here it was a meeting spot and shady in the summer and right at the edge of the canyon.
No one lived here it was a meeting spot and shady in the summer and right at the edge of the canyon. | Source

Part of Qater authorities duty over publicly entrusted land is to prevent erosion and provide habitat.

I understand reasons for doing things are not always humane for some but necessary for the greater good and fire prevention and erosion control in a watershed is good management. But this rousting technique that they used harmed both of those goals.

This was just outright Government sanctioned brutality. And not only to humans but to the natural resource.

I know these quasi governmental bureaucrats are damned near impossible to touch. But I am going to try. I am going to try and touch them rather hard.

I will listen to this and write this next portion through wet eyes.

I am proud of America, from its' natural beauty to it's compassion

Just think of Sarge. A veteran. Persecuted and forced from his home. A refugee. More like what the U.N. H.R.C. calls a displaced person --- a refugee stuck within his countries borders.

No read this if you have time it is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written mostly by the US and adopted by the U.N.. This concept is what justifies UN "peacekeeping forces to enter into a country" :

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Now if the great County of San Diego and the Great State of California and the Great Country of the USA violates this so blatantly. What is a citizen supposed to do, when it is in his own backyard. Sit idly by and yet send our troop to protect others from the same atrocities that we commit here.

I shake my head and pray for guidance and strength and wisdom.

Let me end with these words and a closing picture.

If my country falls downhill so far as to reach hell, then I am to blame. If I do not care enough to act on behalf and for my fellow citizens that cannot do it for themselves. Then I should respect those that suffer the atrocities at the hands of my nation much more than myself.

Are these men bad because they live in a tent and play music in the park? I think not.

Who among should have more security because we are richer than our neighbor and have a building to call home?
Who among should have more security because we are richer than our neighbor and have a building to call home? | Source


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a splendid contribution to all of us Faith Reaper. About decade ago I heard an evangelical preacher talk about all the souls he had saved bringing them to Jesus. I found out that day that saving souls is God's job not mine. But I can ease some pain and suffering.

      Don't tell anyone about that stuff about getting more out of it than those we help. Word could spread and it might get crowded out there ;-)

      I am now going about checking county sources. One justification for the action described here is some communicable disease spreading through a camp. I have heard of TB and chickenpox, especially if mixed with immigrants with out vaccines. While it would make me feel better I hope that was not the case. I do not think so because they let volunteers in to finish the clean up. I visited the area and they just used skip loaders. And came at first light without warning is what I heard. Down at recycling. Can you imagine the horror?

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Eric,

      Thank you for this beautiful write from your heart! Yes, they are real people and not garbage on the streets. I have seen the face of Jesus in the streets in the city in which I work while serving the homeless. When I choose a "ministry" I always think of the parable of the sheep and the goats, those needing food, water, clothing, in prison ... The Holy Spirit revealed to me and my eyes were open to see these people who need a helping hand. I believe that I may receive more of a blessing when I serve the downtrodden or homeless than they do. It is great how God works that out. I have written of three different occasions where the Lord had opened my eyes to those homeless and have had people to tell me "be careful" for you are going into a dangerous scenario, and once where I served in a women's prison ministry and was a witness to a miracle. I always respond that the Lord will protect me and He has always done so. There was just one time that the Holy Spirit told me to keep going and not to stop and I am glad I was in tune to His heeding.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      whoever said there should never be secrets between a husband and wife obviously never raised a little boy. -- psst I know she bought him an ice cream cone. LoL

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      H.B. Fortinberry 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your secret is safe :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We were blessed today on our hike to meet two fellows that looked like old fashioned mountain men. With big grins as they saw Gabriel. "Wow dad they really live out here in the wilderness?" (a big word I taught him) And he actually says Wah Vietnamese for Wow.

      "You guys still down here, I thought they ran you all out?" "nah they are to lazy get all the way down into the canyon the just did it where they could drive to" "stand fast little man" and off they went. I bribed Gabriel not to tell his mom about that part. So we learned a little more.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Though at the table of this hub there is neither fancy feast nor shining wares. But by your presence and such a wonderful -- Let me call it a statement, for truly it is more than a comment, this table is now fit for royalty. I love the classification as bullies these neanderthal thinkers. Our hike today centered much on this notion of fear. A three year old can be fearful at times and it is my job to educate to eradicate those fears by quiet education of the beauty and not the danger.

      An interesting thing happened as we saw the makeshift shelters and I explained that was all someone had as a home. Gabriel did not look sad, merely interested -- kind of like, "why not? this would be a fun place to live". He just was plain upset at seeing the clear cut vegetation. "Why they do that?" I did not lie I told what I now know as truth. Only confusion --- and I moved us quickly along the trail. He is not yet old enough to dwell on such matters. (on a happy note - one way we studied dog, horse and raccoon tracks and human tracks --- On the way back he picked each one out - alright)

      Thank you again for sharing such great insight with my readers.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thank you for keeping these issues to the forefront. The homeless are everyone's responsibility.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      I hope you had or are still having a great day with your son (?) and I would love to hear of the feedback that you inevitably heard, knowing in my heart that you did in fact "listen".

      Upon reading this Hub, I am reminded of 1 John 4:18 "Perfect love casts out fear," for the atrocities and unthinking acts of mankind have their root in fear. Those who do not gain wisdom and understanding are vulnerable to feeling naked before any sign of human weakness, for in that moment, they themselves realize that they too are only human. So they must fight the similarities between themselves and the less fortunate, pointing towards the others as less than human. It is only in this way that the "bullies" can feel truly strong and invariably different from the weak, whose situations and realities could, due to those "differences", never extend to touch them, (the "strong" or rather the more fortunate). When there is true understanding though, this process cannot occur, for true understanding involves empathy, or placing oneself in another's shoes with the intent of bridging hearts of compassion, which is love. And so we see a return to truth: "Perfect love (does) cast out fear" because while "fear has torment" because within it, no bridge that might reach another heart is able to survive, love encircles others with bridges that free others of tormenting isolation. Therefore ridding the world of fear becomes an ultimate goal, and "understanding" is evidently a steppingstone to that end.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We start today by taking my young boy into the canyon trail and talking about how, just like our toys we must take care or our nature and our neighbors. I am sure if I listen he will give me valuable feedback and inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm limiting my reading this weekend but yours I will read....and totally enjoy....yes, if this country fails it is on my shoulders. I am so tired of complacency and apathy in this country, and I'm tired of complainers who do nothing to make things better. Get off your ass and make a difference or shut up!

      Not you personally of course. LOL

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I meditated, prayed and slept on it. I am a writer. So I shall write on it. Here is the balance. The "authority" does have a right to kick them out. But no good reason. However what they did is horribly wrong. But If I make a big stink will they just be more aggressive in kicking them out properly. Of all the gifts we are given there are three that take the most work; Wisdom, judgment and discernment.

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great write my friend ..I know it is a thin line that we do not see in between they, who are down and myself .. compassion is just a word unless you act on it ..! ..! you are a good man sir.!


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