On Tuesday morning, speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, called for a “pause” on the admittance of Syrian refugees in light of the recent Paris attacks. “Our nation has always been welcoming, but we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion,” Ryan stated. This testament was preceded by 27 US Governors stating that they would not allow Syrian refugees into their respective states, rejecting President Obama’s plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.
Democratic politicians, however, have not changed their favorable opinions on the Syrian refugee plan. President Obama reasoned that “slamming the door in [the refugee’s] faces would be a betrayal of our values.” Senator Dianne Feinstein of California argued that “we can’t completely abandon innocent Syrian civilians in need. America must do its share to find safe haven for the millions of children and adults who have none at present time.” Despite these recent attacks, a majority of Democrats in Washington have no desire to halt the plan to allow Syrian refugees in.
If given the opportunity, ISIS will use our plan to allow Syrian refugees into our nation’s borders. This chilling revelation comes from Representative McCaul (R, Texas) who, in an interview, stated, “we know ISIS in their own words have said ‘we want to exploit this program to infiltrate the West.’”
With this information, how can Americans feel safe allowing Syrian refugees into our country? While most of the refugees may not have extremist ideals, we cannot risk allowing in even one radical who could threaten the safety of American citizens. Even if the U.S. does not admit Syrian refugees, that does not mean we have to cease involvement; allowing Syrians into the United States is not the only way of helping them.
Donald Trump proposes an alternative idea to Obama’s plan by creating a safe haven for Syrians by purchasing a plot of land to build a safe zone. The added bonus of this plan is that Syrians will not have to abandon their homes and move to a new country with an entirely different culture. Trump brings forth the repercussions of Syrians completely uprooting their life by moving to a new country with an entirely different culture, being forced to learn a new language and adjust to a new climate. This begs the question, will Syrians even be happy in the states? Aside from all the readjusting they will have to do on their own part, it would be naive of us to think that Americans would have no prejudice towards Syrian immigrants. Perhaps our government should investigate these options further to find a solution that not only benefits the refugees, but also keeps our country safe and secure.