Last month the Obama administration met its goal of bringing in 10,000 refugees from Syria. Another goal was met of bringing in 85,000 refugees from other parts of the world; however, the refugees from Syria have been the primary subject of controversy, given concerns over terrorists slipping through the cracks. Those concerns were quickly validated early on in the refugee debate when the Jihadists behind the Paris massacre were able to enter Europe by falsely posing as refugees.
The number of refugees we’ve welcomed are a drop in the bucket when it comes to the total number of refugees from the Middle East fleeing ISIS. I think few would deny these refugees fleeing ISIS are genuinely in need. However, we should look for the most efficient way possible to help them, rather than simply try to virtue signal to the rest of the world how tolerant and welcoming we are.
Europe’s experiment in mass-refugee resettlement has shown a lack of assimilation into Western culture. And why would we expect more anyway, when they’re settling in Europe not because they want to live there, but because they’re fleeing war? Wouldn’t it make more sense for other Muslim countries to welcome them in, for the purpose of social cohesion if nothing else?
We’ve been taking in refugees by the thousands while Europe has been taking them in by the millions, but that doesn’t mean the threat of terrorism isn’t very real.
An Iraqi-born man who entered the United States as a refugee pleaded guilty on Monday in Texas to attempting to volunteer to fight with Islamic State, federal prosecutors said.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Houston to one count of attempting to provide material support, specifically himself, to the militant group, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district of Texas said in a statement.
Al-Hardan, who most recently lived in Houston, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 17, prosecutors said.
The case comes during a U.S. presidential race in which the question of admitting refugees from the Middle East, especially Syria, has become a point of contention between the two leading candidates.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has called for increasing the number of Syrian refugees admitted and said the United States can adequately screen them. Republican nominee Donald Trump has opposed their entry and called for “extreme vetting” of incoming Muslim immigrants.
If Iraqi refugees can slip through the cracks as terrorists, what makes us think that Syrian refugees can’t too?
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