The United States should welcome Syrian refugees

By Eduardo Castaeeda

In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, President Barack Obama reasserted his decision to admit at least 10,000 refugees from Syria into the United States.

As Syria passes through this cycle of turmoil, the U.S. should extend its support to as many Syrian refugees as possible and provide them with the peace they seek.

The Associated Press reported that California Gov. Jerry Brown would help accept Syrian refugees into his state after being “fully vetted in a sophisticated and utterly reliable way.” Brown wants to support the country’s standard role as a place of refuge while protecting Americans.

More than half of the country’s governors expressed their opposition to further refugee resettlement, while a few expressed their continued support for the plan. According to Vox, 26 governors have stated they do not want Syrian refugees in their states. Several of them state that doing so would further the possibility of terrorists reaching the homeland. Their skepticism is binding, but the U.S. should not close its doors on innocent people.

The number of Syrian refugees in the U.S. has increased every year since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. The Huffington Post claims that about 2,000 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the U.S. since 2007.

These people may be judged as potential threats to the U.S., but they are human beings too. They have a right to happiness and should have a place to call home in the U.S.

These refugees are fleeing from their countries due to inhumane living conditions. The U.S. is a melting pot of diverse cultures and should uphold that reputation by providing these families with relief.

While the U.S. should consider the welfare of these refugees, it is only fair that these people undergo tedious and thorough screening. This process will not happen overnight as American agencies have told the Los Angeles Times that the process takes about 18 to 24 months.

One reason for the roughly two-year refugee vetting process is that Syria does not have an organized government with records of its citizens. This may be one of the largest disadvantages to these people.

The shortage of information may intimidate U.S. citizens and stir a negative opinion on admitting refugees, but the U.S. is capable of handling extensive screenings.

Although it may seem unrealistic to proceed with 10,000 or more screenings, the refugees that do endure the vetting process will not be approved on a whim.

These precautions are essential to this process albeit racist, but any act toward one group of people will be considered discrimination. The Huffington Post provided a detailed list of how the United Nations and federal government screen refugees entering the country.

The refugees apply for resettlement and provide a significant amount of biographical information. The refugees then undergo strict interviews and medical tests. If approved for admittance, sponsorship by a U.S. resettlement agency is required.

Whether a refugee is admitted into the U.S. is not up to the states, as they do not have a legal authorization to reject a refugee. A state that is not willing to accept refugees makes life impossible for them.

In an effort to cease refugee admittance into the U.S., the House of Representatives passed a bill on Nov. 19 that could halt the admission of refugees into the county until they undergo a stricter vetting process.

Obama warned Congress that he would veto the bill if it passed. With updates surfacing every day, the country must wait and see how this debate plays out.


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