Syrian Refugees Essay

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James McGreevey said “The arc of American history almost inevitably moves toward freedom. Whether it 's Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the expansion of women 's rights or, now, gay rights, I think there is an almost-inevitable march toward greater civil liberties.” Civil liberties are the freedom of a citizen to exercise rights, without government interference. Every citizen of the United States is allowed right, but what about refugees? Ten-thousand Syrian refugees fleeing a war-torn country will be accepted into the United States. The big question within this debate is this right and should it be allowed, according the United States Constitution? This specific debate is not a debate on who is right and wrong in the situation. …show more content…
The one side sees the Syrian refugees in America as a threat to the national security and the safety of its citizens. This fear stems from the heinous terrorist-style attacks committed in Paris, France and the possibility that an attack of that same nature could take place on our own soil. In addition to the opposition of the Syrian refugees entrance, the Syrians could overrun the country. Despite, the very small numbers that would be allowed refuge in the United States. Specific 2016 presidential candidates, have given their say on this, such as Chris Christie saying he will not allow any refugees entrance into his state of New Jersey, “not even orphans under the age of five”. Some candidates, such as Ted Cruz are open to the idea somewhat, but only believes Christian refugees should be allowed entrance. Often others can be more harsh with their word and do not mince them such as Ben Carson, who gave this quote during a campaign stop in Alabama "If there 's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you 're probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you 're probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn 't mean that you hate all dogs." Overall, most people opposed to the entrance of Syrian refugees do not disdain the people, but they are not willing to trust them as some could possibly be a militant extremist or a radical …show more content…
The UNHCR is responsible for registering fifteen million asylum seekers around the world (Alex Altman, Time Magazine). To register the person seeking asylum is subjected to biological screening, such as an iris scan. Refugees also must complete in-depth interviews and home-country reference checks. Usually, military combatants are eliminated from this. The refugees are then referred to a country. In the United States, as I said before our government completes our own extensive background checks. Following this, the refugees file is reviewed and then it is determined where they will be placed. The entire process takes about eighteen to twenty-four months. The methods we have used have been very successful. Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. has admitted some seven-hundred fifty thousand refugees. None thus far have been arrested on domestic terrorism charges. Only two refugees, Iraqis refugees, in Kentucky were charged with terrorist activities connected to assisting al-Qaeda.
The sympathizing side of the question “Should we allow Syrian refugees into the United States of America?” believes we should and it is our duty to provide assistance and protection for all people. Numerous people for Syrian refugee in America believe we had a hand in causing the problem. This could originate from the former president, George W. Bush, for causing chaos

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