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Ben & Jerry’s Thinks Banning Refugees Is a ‘Half-Baked’ Idea

Ben & Jerry’s — the ice cream brand known for Chunky Monkey, Americone Dream, and Half Baked — has been political for a long time. The company supports sustainable agriculture, raising the minimum wage, and efforts to fight climate change.

Now the company is stepping up to support refugees.

In a blog post echoing the work of their partner the International Rescue Committee (IRC) published yesterday, the brand listed 10 things about refugees that are often misconstrued or rarely discussed.

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The topics include the non-existent security threat posed by refugees, the rigorous vetting process they go through, the broad support among US citizens for their resettlement, the boost they give local and state economies, and the fact that they quickly assimilate into society.

While these assertions are backed by research, opposite statements are commonly made. The blog posts by Ben & Jerry’s and the IRC argue that the Trump administration is often a source of the misconceptions surrounding refugees.

The administration’s record on refugees, for that matter, has been consistent.

President Donald Trump has enacted multiple bans on refugees, doubted the efficacy of the country’s vetting system, questioned the integrity of refugees, and argued that the US shouldn’t focus on bringing in refugees.

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Recently, the Trump administration reduced the annual cap for refugees to 45,000, the lowest amount ever recorded.  

Ben & Jerry’s argues at the end of their post, along with the IRC, that the US should be taking in more, not fewer, refugees. The brand says that the limit should be raised to 75,000, which is closer to the historical average.

The ice cream brand isn’t the only company that has shown support for refugees.

Greek yogurt producer Chobani actively employs refugees and aids their resettlement, the coworking company WeWork has announced plans to hire 1,500 refugees, Starbucks is working to employ 10,000 refugees in 75 countries, and Google supports immigrant-rights organizations.

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Ben & Jerry’s also says there’s a role their customers can play in helping refugees.

Supporting refugee organizations, volunteering to help arriving families learn the basics of a new culture, and actively promoting refugee rights are some of the ways that ordinary people can help.

To learn more about how you can help refugees, go here. Global Citizen campaigns to help refugees and you can take action to help them here.