Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees don’t want to come to the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped the president from trying to bring them here. After his trip to Jordan, Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke to refugees, and what he heard surprised him. Calling them “quite content” in the Jordanian camp, he said their greatest desire was not to be resettled in America, but in their homeland.
Still, the drumbeat to ship the displaced to the U.S. is growing, despite admissions by the FBI and other government officials that our government doesn’t have the necessary vetting process to weed out possible terrorists. Although America has always been a safe haven for the persecuted — and it will continue to be — there are compassionate approaches to this crisis that don’t jeopardize national security.
In a new Memo to the Movement, the Conservative Action Project (CAP) urged Congress to stop the immigration of all 10,000 Syrian refugees until assurances are made that “all potential terrorists are screened out.” FRC, which signed on to the letter, agrees that Congress should allow “a deliberative process for lawmakers to ensure any proposed vetting process is secure, transparent, and respects the role of state governments.”
Until then, the members of CAP are united in offering direct humanitarian support to those in refugee camps abroad. Not only could the U.S. government shift its financial aid to help care for those families, but it can work with the international community to expand the safe zones so those who want to stay in their countries and begin rebuilding their lives can do so. But, the undersigned make clear, “if the administration is determined to grant refugee status to 10,000 (or more) Syrian refugees, it is incumbent upon Congress to intervene.”
Already, the House (with the support of almost 50 Democrats) has passed a bill to overhaul the protocol for immigrating people from war-torn regions after it was discovered that one of the Paris terrorists had slipped through as a phony Syrian refugee. The Senate should follow suit and ensure the same “safe haven” the president is offering refugees is first guaranteed for American citizens.
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