Syriasly, We Don’t Want These Refugees

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As President Obama commits the U.S. to take in refugees from war torn Syria, there is much trepidation and debate regarding the policy.  Governors in 26 states have declared that they do not want to take part in such a program and will reject refugees.

“It is very important,” Obama said in a speech on Monday. “That we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”  However, twenty-five Republican governors from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin have all expressed varying levels of concern along with their unwillingness to participate in such activity.

New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan is the first Democrat governor to oppose the displaced Syrians citing the most recent terror attacks in France and our lack of a vetting process for incoming refugees as the primary concerns.

 

Related News / Update

Russia’s security chief says that an act of terror is what brought down the Russian-A321 airliner in Egypt on October 31st.  The explosion killed all 224 passengers on board.

“Traces of foreign explosives” were found on debris from the Airbus plane, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov told Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin vowed to “find and punish” those behind the attack over the Sinai peninsula. A branch of so-called Islamic State said it downed the plane.

Bortnikov said a bomb had been planted on board the Metrojet plane, equivalent to up to 1kg of TNT.  The Kremlin website carried a transcript of the meeting.

 

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2 Responses to “Syriasly, We Don’t Want These Refugees”

  1. As a New Hampshire citizen, I find it infinitely disappointing our own governor is this niave. The people who are questioning the refugee policy clearly have no idea what a refugee goes through to get into America.

    1. The Paris attackers were not refugees: As more becomes known, it seems all the attackers were European born, home grown terrorists. The one exception is mr fake Syrian passport, and even he is quite possibly European born and used a fake passport to get [back] in. The U.S. can vet refugees prior to admission, which means we can weed out terrorists and those most likely to become involved in terrorism, accepting only the most vulnerable. Europe cannot do the same. What happened in Paris is not applicable to the U.S. refugee process.

    2. U.S. refugees don’t become terrorists: The history of the U.S. refugee program demonstrates that the lengthy and extensive vetting that all refugees must undergo is an effective deterrent for terrorists. Since 1980, the U.S. has invited in millions of refugees, including hundreds of thousands from the Middle East. Not one has committed an act of terrorism in the U.S. Traditional law enforcement and security screening processes have a proven record of handling the threat from terrorist posing as refugees.

    3. Other migration channels are easier to exploit than the U.S. refugee process: The previous point can also be made another way. Non-refugees have carried out all terrorist attacks over the past 35 years. That means they used other means to arrive in the U.S. All of the 9/11 hijackers used student or tourist visas. These visas are much easier and faster to obtain than refugee status, which takes up to two years and requires a multi-stage vetting process and U.N. referral. Refugee status is the single most difficult way to come to the U.S. It makes no sense for a terrorist to try to use the resettlement process for an attack.

    I’m honestly not too concerned about an ISIS member sneaking in with the refugees. My real concerns is by turning away refugees, ISIS gains another member.

  2. Mike you rule. keep up the good work