Why America is the World's Shelter

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

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