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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