Withdrawal Of Syrian Refugees Into America Essay

1102 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Although a hotly contested issue for many months, the recent ISIS attacks in Paris have led to increased focus on the topic of the admittance of Syrian refugees into America. In September, President Obama announced that the U.S. would accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. However, on Thursday, the House approved a measure to suspend the program and intensify screening. With the issue so prominent, all of the main Presidential candidates have addressed their plans for Syrian refugees, each with carefully crafted rhetoric to detail what might be if they are elected. One of the leading Republican candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, is of the same stance as most members of his party, that the U.S. should not accept Syrian refugees. Carson states this quite simply in an article he wrote for Time magazine. He writes, “Given the tragedy in Paris last Friday, the U.S. simply cannot, should not and must not accept any Syrian refugees.” This line creates a forceful and absolute message. Carson uses repetition, with the “cannot, should not, and must not”, placing emphasis on the not. Carson is not leaving any room for interpretation or compromise. He makes it clear that he is against all refugees from Syria with the italicized “any”. The word, and the emphasis on it, implies that there will be no exceptions and absoluteness of Carson’s stance. Carson describes his opposition to Syrian refugees as a matter of national security. He writes, “Unfortunately, the Obama…

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