Refugees are people fleeing desperate circumstances under tremendously stressful conditions. They should be treated with compassion and respect, which includes the right to keep any possessions they manage to carry with them. Taking away refugees' possessions is just another dehumanizing gesture towards people who have already been through far more hardship than anyone should have to face.
Come on. Seriously? These people have fled their countries because of war, they've taken with them only what they can carry and their most valuable possessions. And you want to take these valuables away from them? Take away the last valuable things in their life? Have a heart, please. They should be inspected and returned, not confiscated.
Whether they enter this country legally or not, people are entitled to retain their own private property. If the valuables are being taken in order to compensate for housing or food, then we cannot really claim to have provided for the refugees--we are selling things they need to survive, and I believe that to be immoral under the name of charity.
It is wrong to take valuables from refugees. As the argument goes, they should "pay their way" into the country. The point of taking in refugees is to provide humanitarian assistance. There is nothing humanitarian about taking what little these people have left. As far as paying their way goes, we might remember that they take jobs no one else wants, they pay taxes, and they consume like everybody else in the economy. They already "pay their way".