America should have compassion on the Syrian refugees – but must carefully seek to have compassion without compromising our national security.
National security must be the priority in this difficult and tragic situation, even if it severely limits the number of refugees we can accept.
It is the government’s job, first and foremost, to protect its people. Then it can seek to provide refuge and aid as effectively as possible.
But we also must strategize as to how we can best have compassion on Syrian refugees. While that includes a temporary solution of providing refuge and aid to the extent that we can, the most compassionate thing we can do is defeat radical Islam and help the refugees get back home.
More than damage control, compassion means defeating the root of the problem. America needs to be a leader again. We need to put an end to ISIS’ spread of jihad and terrorism around the world.
Finally, while national security is the priority for government, compassion and humanitarian aid should be privately provided. We shouldn’t depend on the government to do this work for us. There are many non-profit organizations that provide humanitarian aid and advocate for persecuted refugees in the process of resettlement.
While Obama claims to represent compassion and slams all his opponents for lacking compassion, he takes no responsibility for his failure in foreign policy.
If he had demonstrated American leadership earlier, these people would not have become refugees.
President Obama offers no plan to combat the real problem underlying the refugee crisis: radical Islamic terrorist regimes, which are responsible for the murder and displacement of so many and continue to be a growing threat.
Obama and Clinton claim that Muslims are peaceful and have nothing to do with terrorism. They ignore the huge movement of radical Islam and – in addition to radical jihadists who would actually commit acts of terror – the growing amount of jihadi sympathizers. One shocking example of this growing number of sympathizers occurred at the recent soccer game between Greece and Turkey: When there was a moment of silence to recognize the Paris attacks, the Muslim audience booed and chanted “Allahu akbar.” Watch here.
Supposing we did have a reliable vetting process that could screen out jihadi terrorists, there is still an overwhelming number of jihadi sympathizers – even harder to identify – who could become radicalized after entering the U.S. “Homegrown terrorism” is a major national security threat – especially since ISIS has been so successful at radicalizing Muslims and others to join their cause.
What’s more, Muslims are indoctrinated with anti-Semitism. Thousands of Muslim immigrants can pose a real threat to our Jewish population. They are taught to hate Jews, and even to be violent towards them.
We need to focus on the underlying problem, the common threat to Western nations and Middle Eastern refugees: the rise of radical Islam. The first thing we must do – in the interest of both compassion and national security – is strategize to defeat ISIS.
Prioritize the Most Vulnerable
President Obama has said that it is un-American to impose a religious test on refugees – to say that only Christians should be admitted.
But President Obama is wrong – American law requires that we use a religious test to determine whether a group counts as refugees, as opposed to mere immigrants. The State Department’s website outlines our refugee policy:
“Under U.S. law, a refugee must have a well-founded fear of persecution based on one of the five ‘protected grounds’: Religion, Political opinion, Race, Nationality, Membership in a particular social group.”
Only if a group of people is in immediate danger based on one of these grounds are they considered refugees who should be given asylum. These 5 protected grounds are the primary causes of persecution.
And, this policy is well established by precedence: from our policy regarding Soviet Jews, to Catholics from Vietnam, to persecuted Christians and Jews in Iran.
The Syrian refugees at highest risk of being murdered by ISIS are Christians and Yazidis. ISIS is perpetrating genocide against them because of their religion, as is the case with many genocides.
But our current processing of Syrian refugees is excluding those who are most vulnerable. Many more Syrian Muslims are being accepted to the U.S. than Syrian Christians.
It is Christians who are being specifically targeted and murdered. Muslim refugees have many options for resettlement: Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. But Christians and Yazidis have no adequate refuge in the Middle East.
We need to use the religious test in order to discern who is most vulnerable and at risk and ought to be prioritized in our refugee policy.
The threat of ISIS using the refugee crisis to infiltrate our nation is real. This is not just a matter of compassion; it is also a very grave matter of national security. We can find ways to compassionately aid persecuted Syrians and those seeking refuge, but we must not compromise our national security in doing so.
So, where do the Presidential candidates stand on the Syrian refugee crisis?
Supports a 500% increase in the number of Muslim refugees accepted into the country. She has offered no comment about the vetting process to determine if they could pose a threat.
Calls for a pause in immigration, and demands a rigorous vetting process to determine who may or may not enter the country.
Would allow refugees into the country, as long as they are properly vetted and monitored to ensure the do not pose a threat to this country.
Would accept the refugees, and believes that this country should accept more than the proposed 10,000.
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