Violence prevention

I would love to use this platform to educate local civilians and call attention to a bill that I believe should be represented in the White House.

Millions of people in impoverished countries around the world deal with violence, instability and fragility on a daily basis. Not only does violence create humanitarian crises, but it is also driving global displacement. In fact, 68 million people are forcibly displaced around the world and 134 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Consequently, the safety of U.S. citizens is being threatened. These environments breed terrorism, criminal activity and corruption. This is a direct threat to U.S. national security. The solution is simple: the Global Fragility Act of 2019. If passed, this bill would focus U.S. development and security efforts on preventing violence and instability in needing countries.

I am proud to say the U.S. is one of the leading countries concerning international diplomacy efforts. But we need to focus on the roots of violence to prevent it from recurring — not only internationally, but on our own land.

In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow for cosponsoring the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

Seth Cunningham

Fife Lake

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