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Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes that America is still the land of opportunity. (Ennio Leanza / epa / Corbis)

Why America is the World's Shelter

The renowned author of the memoir Infidel found refuge here from persecution abroad

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For me America is a place of refuge and a great nation. I say this without being blind to the problems we have in this country. But the people I have encountered here have given me protection, friendship, love. I feel not only safe, but also absolutely free to lead the life I wanted.

If you look at the number of green card and visa applications every year to the United States, then I think that the idea that you can arrive in this country and take a chance at building a life for yourself is very much alive. It is still a land of opportunity— the world’s shelter.


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