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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

More than Our Share of Refugees

The United States is the most generous nation in the world, and we have taken many refugees from foreign lands. Europe did not offer to take refugees who came to us from Central America last year, so why have some politicians insisted that we take thousands of refugees from the Middle East? While refugee crises are tragic, crimes committed by transplanted peoples against \ victims in our own country are even more tragic. Politicians demanding that American neighborhoods accept thousands of immigrants, without proper screening for crime or disease, should be rejected.

Americans are horrified by TV pictures of tens of thousands of people, mostly unattached young Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa, crossing unguarded borders into Europe. The news media often describe these people sympathetically as refugees from the civil war in Syria, but many could be migrants seeking a more comfortable life in a rich society which gives generous welfare handouts.

The scene is reminiscent of the tens of thousands of people from Central America who crossed into the United States last summer. Often described sympathetically as unaccompanied minors fleeing gang violence, most of those Central American arrivals were able-bodied, tough young men who left their families in search of better economic opportunities. Wealthy European nations did not offer to help out by accepting migrants from Central America coming illegally to the U.S., and they should not expect us to accept illegals.

An open-door policy towards Syrian refugees would be dangerous and costly for American communities. As Senator Jeff Sessions says, “Our policy should be to keep the refugees as close to their home as possible.” It’s much better policy to resettle refugees as near as possible to the country they came from.

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