Forget the extremes on the Syrian refugee crisis
“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” [Obama] said. “We don’t make good decisions if they’re based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”
There you have it, folks: If you doubt any portion of our current refugee policy, you’re “hysterical.” Never mind that a recent poll showed 13 percent of Syrian refugees declaring a “positive” or “somewhat positive” view of ISIS, or that at least one of the Paris attackers apparently arrived in France posing as a refugee. Never mind the 26 charges of terrorism brought up against foreign-born individuals in the U.S. in the past year, as Sen. Jeff Sessions documented this week, or the fact that in October, FBI Director James Comey testified that our current system likely can’t effectively vet Syrian refugees.
More importantly, never mind the fact that opposition to current refugee protocols doesn’t necessarily translate into opposition to helping refugees altogether; had Obama led with an acknowledgment of the system’s weaknesses and showed genuine concern towards fixing them, we might be in a different situation today. As it is, a new Bloomberg poll shows 53 percent of Americans opposing the current settlement plan.
Yes, that’s right, our President is on extreme. And of course he considers the GOP to be the real extreme, characterizing them as wanting no refugees from Syria at all. Granted there are certainly those who do indeed want that. But broad brushes are a little, well, broad.
In effect, no one is saying turn away “widows and 3 year old orphans”, as some on the left have characterized the attitude on the right.
What is concerning everyone is the number and percentage of young, military age men in this mix. Are they jihadists that ISIS is trying to smuggle into the US. Despite their claims, the administration has no idea. That’s a national security issue and the safety of the citizens of the US take priority over a bunch of refugees. Of course that’s how the job description of President goes, but apparently, Obama is trying to rewrite that. Risk is a matter of opinion, and a good leader would develop a process that would be transparent and assure the public of its safety. But then, we have Obama …
And what most want is a “pause” before wholesale importing of refugees, to review the vetting process and tighten it up if necessary. In the meantime, I’m sure, if the US asked nicely, these refugees could be placed in a neutral middle Eastern country until that process is complete. That would assure their safety.
But to hear Obama and his supporters, it is as if the right is just so damned racist and xenophobic that they can’t tolerate the thought of helping any foreign refugees by placing them here (of course, history tells a different story).
Tell you what. To show your good faith Mr. Obama, let’s first start by giving refugee and immigration status to our Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who are at daily risk for helping us and many on the right have been trying to get here for years. That’s been a hill the left just doesn’t seem to have been able to climb.
Then they can again assume their superior attitude and lecture the rest of us on our “responsibility” to others.