PRO/CON Syrian refugees: Should the U.S. open its doors? (2015)

December 16, 2015

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Forced out of their own countries, Middle Eastern refugees have no choice but to turn to other countries to escape terrorism and homelessness. However, due to the attacks in Paris, the people of Syria may face rejection from any haven in the U.S. for a crime they did not commit. This is wrong, as these refugees cannot help the situation they are in. Help should be offered wherever it can be given.

The conflicts in Syria and its neighboring countries seem to have no end, as the situation grows worse even after five years of constant warfare. There are 4.2 million refugees who have been displaced from their homes, and 700,000 have made the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean. The journey is not easy, with 2,600 people having already drowned trying to reach Greece and Italy in flimsy rubber boats, according to BBC News. Yet, refugees continue to take that risk in order to escape what has become of their war-torn homeland.

However, many in the U.S. are afraid to allow these refugees into our country, for fear of possible terrorist attacks. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter to President Obama that Texas “cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas.” Thirty other U.S. governors joined Abbott and reacted in this fashion after the terrorist attack on Paris, criticizing the idea of allowing 10,000 refugees into the U.S.

The opponents of such an action are mostly afraid of a attack similar to what happened in Paris. However, Syrians flown to the U.S. are the most heavily evaluated group of immigrants according to the State Department. They must first be evaluated by the UN refugee agency, then the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Defense Department. On the other hand, a terrorist posing as a refugee can pay $1,000 to be smuggled into Europe. There are no background checks or identification papers in Europe. The process in the U.S. is completely different than the one in Europe.

The attack on Sept. 11 is another reason governors have raised for refusing entrance. But should the actions of 19 decide the fate of millions? In fact, all of the 9/11 terrorists arrived in the U.S. by visa, a much easier process used to enter the country. On the other hand, this group of immigrants would have to wait anywhere from 18 months to two years to be admitted into the U.S. as a refugee with all of the processes that they must go through. It is during this process that the U.N. refugee agency provides these Syrians aid while they undergo this resettling process.

Fears surrounding terrorism are ungrounded. Refugees fear what ISIS has done just as much as anyone else, perhaps even more so since their acts of terrorism is the reason behind all of the refugees fleeing. They have no reason to support the group who has uprooted their lives and destroyed so much of what they have cared for. Refugees are just another victim of the terrorist acts of ISIS.


As the Obama administration prepares to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, it has prompted new scrutiny amongst many due to the fact that there is no way to validate the new arrivals from the war-torn Muslim nation that’s a hotbed of terrorism.

During a congressional hearing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, it has been confirmed that the U.S. has no method of vetting the new refugees because the Syrian government doesn’t have an intelligence database to run checks against.

The massacre in Paris opened the world’s eyes to the threat that accepting refugees represents. ISIS, which has strongholds in Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and shootings, which killed 129 people and injured 352 others, 99 of them critically.
ISIS has the capability to strike anywhere in the world. Recently, four Syrians with forged passports were caught at the Mexican border trying to cross into the U.S.

The term “refugee” is being used too often. Some are indeed refugees fleeing persecution. Others, however, aren’t refugees, but migrants.

In February, Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, testified that the U.S. government has no way to vet the refugees pouring in from Middle Eastern countries. He also admitted that the refugees don’t have passports and that “[they] don’t even know if the name they give is their real name.”

The American ideal of humanitarianism is being exploited and until we have the capacity to truly identify all of these people and ensure the security of U.S. citizens, we should not be allowing any of them into our country.

We therefore cannot risk the chance that extremists similar to the terrorists that attacked Paris will embed themselves into the U.S. America has almost always opened its heart and borders to oppressed people fleeing persecution, but the world is changing. In fact, one of the Paris bombers came into France as a refugee on a fraudulent passport, which is why there is no way to authenticate what he is affirming as the truth.

We must stop the Syrian refugee admission process at least until we can truly validate these people. Even if 99 percent of the Syrian refugees that may come into the U.S. are innocent people, if the other 1 percent are potential terrorists using this crisis to gain easy access into the U.S., President Obama and government officials should realize that we can’t let these refugees in.

What will happen if another incident resembling the Paris attacks in November occurs in America and the attacks were indeed made by the “refugees?”

Will we kick out all the Syrian refugees that are coming? Or will we do more “background checks” on all the refugees?

U.S. government officials must stop ignoring the facts and stop pursuing what they believe is the “American” way to deal with this current refugee crisis before it’s too late.

Should the US open its doors?

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    orange man
    Dec 12, 2018 at 9:04 am

    as you can see they are bad because they are bad the reason they are bad is because they do bad things

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    Oct 2, 2018 at 8:06 am


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    Dec 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Refugees`are terrified of ISIS just as much as we are, and letting them in might be the morally right thing to do. I feel sympathy to these hiders. But the terrorists have followed up with every single one of their threats, so why doubt them now? This needs to stop. We have learned, so why ignore the past? The M&M analogy of this says, if you had 10,000 M&Ms and 10 were poisoned, lethally, would you take a handful? But what the real problem is, would you take them all? That is what the other side of this argument are proposing. To take them all, and kill ourselves.

    We are deciding to favor possible terrorists over american heroes. While the U.S is funding 1.35 billion dollars for these refugees, 49,993 U.S veterans are homeless today. I find that a bit disturbing, don’t you? That we spend a billion dollars on scared non-citizens, while we let the poor, men and women who have fought for this country, leaving their families to go risk their lives for us? I don’t see how anybody, so cruel and ignorant to heroes who braved everything for us, could spend their money on people that we have no idea who they are and their potential threat to our country. This needs to stop.

    This is like the the tens of thousands of people from Central America who crossed into the United States. Did europe offer to take in those refugees? No, they didn’t. We didn’t expect them to, so they shouldn’t expect us to take in those refugees. In, fact they might not even be refugees! They just could be migrants, wanting a freebee into america.

    The opposing side is correct when they say that syrians flown in are the most heavily evaluated refugees. However, we don’t even have a way to evaluate these refugees efficiently, so it wouldn’t make a difference. A billion x 0 is still zero. Before you start talking about our system, remember that we don’t even have a system that works!

    Also, when the opposers say that syrian refugees arrested on terrorism charges, has never happened before, they are absolutely correct. But the thing is, we have let in 1,736 so far. So that is a 20% chance that it would’ve already happened. I’ll bet if we let in 8,000, it would have happened already. I wouldn’t take that chance. The 10 M&Ms wouldn’t just kill you, they’d kill thousands of people. Remember, they’re terrorists. They don’t just kill one person.

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    Jennifer Whitaker
    Nov 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I feel horrible for the refugees, and yes, I’m quite sure they are as afraid of ISIS as we are. They do need the safety and shelter they seek. My heart goes out to these displaced people and the desperate situation they find their lives in and that is not of their own doing.

    The problem does not lie with the refugees per say, it’s the terrorists that have told us they WILL infiltrate the refugees, that they WILL infiltrate the United States, that they WILL kill us. The problem lies in the threat to American citizens safety through use of the refugees relocations, whether or not they have any fault in the situation. The problem lies in not having a way to validate the refugees identity, past, and any ties they may have to terrorism. The problem also lies in the long time fact that our country is moving repeatedly to take care of non-citizens over citizens, and at the expense of the citizens safety and tax dollars.

    So far, virtually everything Islamic Terrorists have threatened to do to the United States or anyone they do not agree with, they have followed through with. Did we not learn with 9/11 and Orlando, etc. that it only takes a few terrorists to kill tens of thousands of people and create billions in damage to our country? Why would people NOT be scared? Also, why would we not believe they would do these things now when they have done them before repeatedly are still doing them abroad?

    Not being able to validate/screen refugees properly is not only a problem, but the double standard we are seeing across our country with illegal immigrants. Citizens have to validate our identity for anything and everything, even picking up some pieces of mail, receiving healthcare or penalized for not having healthcare, being allowed to vote, etc. But we will allow people to move to our country without even being able to validate who they are, where they come from, why they really want admission into the U.S.? While that is infuriating to most American citizens in itself, the safety threats of taking in refugees that could VERY EASILY be infiltrated by terrorists – of which it only takes a few to create mass destruction and death – is a risk to American safety that nobody should be asked to take or their children be subjected to.

    Furthermore, would it not better service to us to stop the current administration/Clintons from funding the very people supporting ISIS? Wouldn’t the biggest assistance we could offer first to stop allowing political groups to even continue to exist who have terrorist ties, much less to accept money or influence our country in the first place? Is it not a better solution to stop the politicians assisting ISIS in creating refugees and the groups funding them, and sentence them for selling out our country to our enemies? Is it not better to kill the terrorists before they get a stronghold in more places and kill us and others and in the process create more death, chaos and refugees? Doesn’t allowing refugees into our country while the current administration and Clinton Foundation assist ISIS pose an even bigger threat to our safety considering their actions have already proven they do not have America’s best interest in mind by what they are doing? And why are they not being prosecuted for this?

    If we cannot keep our own country safe, how can we have safety for others? If we are funding the same people starting wars, creating refugees and threatening lives of millions, why are we not stopping THAT first and foremost? You can’t just address the effects of the issues – you have to also address the sources of the problems. The refugee problems do not just come from ISIS, they also come from the likes of our own government supplying arms they knew would end up in terrorist possession, Soros funding, etc. Why don’t we start by prosecuting the very people that want us to allow these people into our country without being able to validly check their backgrounds and identities, but have sold out our country and the Syrians to the enemy in the first place? Why don’t we prosecute the people that do all these illegal and immoral acts and then hold themselves above the law, insult our intelligence by lying to us about it and blame everyone else? If we aren’t getting rid of our own contribution to the problem first, how are we really helping in the first place? We aren’t. If we cant even take care of our vets, homeless and children properly, what business do we have trying to take care of others? If you can’t feed your own family, you don’t feed someone else’s. If your own home isn’t in order, you have no business cleaning someone else’s home.

    That’s my perspective. I could be wrong.


    Embarrassed Citizen of this Country.