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Trocaire College President Bassam M. Deeb. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Bassam M. Deeb knows what it's like to be a stranger in a strange, new land.

Deeb climbed to the top rung of higher education leadership in 2012 when he was named president of Trocaire College. But decades earlier, he fled civil war in his native Lebanon and resettled with his family in Buffalo. Deeb was 15 at the time and spoke no English.

It's an experience that gives him a perspective in the ongoing fiery debate over American policies on and treatment of refugees and immigrants.

Deeb said he understands the instinct of people who want the country "to be more protective" and better gird itself against danger. But he's also concerned by the attitude of some Americans to keep out people not born in this country.

Published April 9, 2017

The Buffalo News

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