Yesterday at 10:37am · Edited ·
Republican candidates have called for a ban on all Syrian refugees. Trump calls them "trojan horses" for terrorism; Carson analogizes them to "rabid dogs;" Christie wouldn't even admit Syrian "toddlers;" Bush would admit only Syrian Christians. And by a vote of 289–137, the House has passed a bill to put a hold on the relatively small number of Syrian refugees the United States had planned to admit --10,000 next year — and require the FBI director and other top government officials certify any refugee entering the States from Syria is not a threat – thereby adding at least two years to the processing of any refugee. Meanwhile, most governors have said that they won’t allow Syrian refugees into their states.
This is irrational -- and un-American.
1. A professional terrorist would be crazy to try to enter this country by pretending to be a refugee. It would be far easier to obtain a tourist visa. To be admitted as a refugee, the terrorist would have to get to join the 4.3 million other Syrian refugees at refugee camps outside Syria and then be selected to be among the 10,000 Syrian refugees the United States is planning to admit next year (the vast majority of whom are children, women, and the sick and elderly), and get through a set of checks that already can take years.
2. Other nations are doing their parts to admit Syrian refugees. Germany has already accepted 38,500; Canada has accepted 36,300. French President Francois Hollande said in the days after the Paris attack that his country will accept 30,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years.
3. We have a moral responsibility. This is one of the largest humanitarian crises since World War II. So far more than 200,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. And the United States is not exactly an innocent bystander to this mayhem.
What do you think?