The Obama administration recently announced its new policy to let ten thousand Syrian refugees enter the United States in 2016. The policy has been under heavy scrutiny due to the recent terror attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of at least 130 innocent citizens, and that one of the attackers posed as a Syrian refugee. Unsurprisingly the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the heinous crimes. This has led to uproar in Washington as lawmakers are now playing politics with the national security of the United States. The House passed bipartisan legislation 289- 137 that would toughen the screening process for those Syrian refugees entering the country. These numbers alone prove that a GOP led congress is willing to allow the influx of refugees so long as the men, women, and children entering pass the screening. Many critics of the policy to allow the influx of refugees are concerned that a terrorist attack might be imminent with the influx of so many refugees. This may be true; however, with proper security, most threats against the homeland could be diminished. An even greater fallacy of this statement is that the Islamic State uses social media to recruit its so called 'jihadists'; with over 300 people having been arrested in the United States with ties to the terrorist organization . In order to maintain a secure environment domestically the Federal government must require the State Department in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security to build a database and collect the information of every Syrian refugee that enters the country, and every American that has traveled to Syria or Iraq in the past two years. The reason being is that once refugees, immigrants, or even travelers enter the United States' border, those who enter are no longer monitored and can travel freely throughout the continental United States without the need of a passport. If Syrian refugees enter this country the Federal government should require that specially marked identification cards be given to the refugees, and that the refugees can not travel within the United States without providing their identification information. This would be enforced by the Department of Homeland Security. Syrian refugees should be allowed to immigrate to the United States.
Well there is only one round so ill jump into the thick of things however I would like to point out that none of the Paris attackers were refugees.
The one attacker with a passport had a FAKE Syrian passport. It was NOT given by any country to allow him to start a new life in the country. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com...
Congress has passed a bill in the Senate to pause the refugee process until they can work things out. This will cause many deaths because the refugees who have applied will have to wait in Iraq/Syria where ISIS is lurking.
Yes I believe that refugees should be let in with the restrictions that have already been put into place. What are they?
-18-24 month of physical searches and interrogation by different intelligence agencies
Refugees go through this process and come to the United States to begin a new life
We also have to understand the moral responsibility. The US caused the crisis and the rise of ISIS. The least we could do is not screw them over more. We need to accept that we made a fault and take in the repercussions.