At least 11 state governors have declared their opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into their state in the wake of the Paris attacks.
“I urge you, as president, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter Monday. “Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has ordered his state agencies to not cooperate with any federal agency trying to settle Syrian refugees in his state.
The Obama Administration has pledged to welcome 10, 000 refugees into the U.S.. 2, 150 have already entered the United States since 2011.
The amount of refugees that the Obama Administration has pledged to accept is less than a drop in the bucket. It is a token amount, almost insulting to countries in the rest of the world that has accepted twice as much, or even nearly tenfold.
In this situation humanitarian interests and empathy must be balanced with security, but fear and security must not become an excuse to do nothing.
American foreign policy, and American military intervention helped leave these refugees destitute and without a country. It would be irresponsible, heartless and un-American to refuse to do our part to fix this problem we helped to create.
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