President Trump says that it is not safe to accept certain kinds of refugees without "extreme vetting" that he has yet to detail. So he has now banned people from seven countries, including Syria, which I fled with my family in 2014. But we were thoroughly vetted before we came here, just like other refugees - exhaustively, endlessly vetted. We are not terrorists. And if we'd been stopped from coming here, we would be suffering horribly right now.
When our 7-day-old son died while receiving treatment for jaundice in a Damascus hospital, my husband and I decided to flee the country with our daughters. (I described the experience in an essay for The Post, parts of which are adapted here.) We ended up in a cramped apartment in Tripoli, Lebanon, where we soon spent our savings; we were living hand-to-mouth.
After a year, I received a call from the United Nations asking if my family would like to resettle somewhere else. Based on our documents, stories and circumstances - our large family, five girls, my husband's potential as a healthy worker - we had been deemed eligible to apply for refugee status.