Accepting Syrian Refugees into America

Since the Syrian government and rebels began fighting, more than 4 million refugees have come to Europe creating fear of possible outlets for ISIS and pro-ISIS forces to reside.

On Nov. 13, 2015 there were terrorist attacks in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS and despite fear across the country that more terrorists will come through the wave of Syrian refugees, Hollande still welcomes the refugees with open arms, stating it is his country’s “humanitarian duty” to welcome 30,000 refugees over the next two years.

Canada too, continues to accept refugees.  Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, pledged to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015.  Everyone across Canada is rushing to prepare for the arrivals of refugees by arranging for temporary accommodations, healthcare, long-term social support and schools and possible employment arrangements.

Not all, though, share the same thoughts as the French and Canadians. For the most part, countries across Europe have tightened their security in admitting refugees into their countries.

The Slovak government is planning to tighten anti-terrorist legislation following the attacks in Paris. Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that changes to anti-terror laws should be discussed by his government.

Overseas, America is wary about welcoming refugees. Thursday Nov. 19, the House of Representatives passed a bill suspending the program to allow refugees into the United States until the national security agencies determine they will not be a threat to the United States. The bill passed 289-137 with Republicans in favor. This created a majority that can override President Barack Obama’s veto.

However, despite their protests, some refugees have been settled into states whose governors are not in support.

About 31 of America’s states are no longer accepting Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. States protesting the admission of refugees include Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Maine and

New Hampshire. Among these 31 states, all but one have Republican governors.

Of the 12 GOP candidates polling, seven have come out against Syrian refugees outright, three want “pause” their admission, and Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz would like to make special allowances for Christian Syrians.

Bernie Sanders is content supporting Obama’s 10,000 Syrian refugee policy. Both Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley have called for an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees to be accepted over the next five years.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, announced the United States should ban Muslims from entering until the “country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”  In response the Republican Party has distanced themselves from Trump as well as discredit him.