The Fact That We’re Banning Syrian Refugees But Accept Cuban Refugees From A Communist Country Makes No Sense At All
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Everyone’s been buzzing about President Trump’s recent executive order to ban refugees from seven Muslim countries, including war-torn Syria.
This is obviously a really controversial subject, and Trump is showing that all the things he said in the campaign weren’t just empty promises. He’s actually gonna do it.
But this is just something Turtleboy isn’t down with. Sorry. I understand we can’t have open borders, and I understand that Syria is a hotbed of ISIS radicalism. I understand all the concerns about the skittles analogy, where one or two bad seeds sneaks in with all the good ones.
I understand the America first way of thinking, in a country where veterans are homeless but yet we’re inviting more people in that are in need of taxpayer funded resources. I understand that we can’t have ridiculous policies like France and Germany that basically encourage assholes to move in in the name of political correctness.
I get all that. But the fact of the matter is that the refugee process is already pretty rigorous in this country:
The process begins with a referral from UNHCR. The U.N.’s refugee agency is responsible for registering some 15 million asylum seekers around the world, and providing aid and assistance until they are resettled abroad or (more likely) returned home once conditions ease. The registration process includes in-depth refugee interviews, home country reference checks and biological screening such as iris scans. Military combatants are weeded out.
Among those who pass background checks, a small percentage are referred for overseas resettlement based on criteria designed to determine the most vulnerable cases. This group may include survivors of torture, victims of sexual violence, targets of political persecution, the medically needy, families with multiple children and a female head of household.
Our government performs its own intensive screening, a process that includes consultation from nine different government agencies. They meet weekly to review a refugee’s case file and, if appropriate, determine where in the U.S. the individual should be placed. When choosing where to place a refugee, officials consider factors such as existing family in the U.S., employment possibilities and special factors like access to needed medical treatment.
In particular, Syrian refugees are scrutinized more than any others because of the potential for extremism:
Every refugee goes through an intensive vetting process, but the precautions are increased for Syrians. Multiple law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies perform “the most rigorous screening of any traveler to the U.S.,” says a senior administration official. Among the agencies involved are the State Department, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. A DHS officer conducts in-person interviews with every applicant. Biometric information such as fingerprints are collected and matched against criminal databases. Biographical information such as past visa applications are scrutinized to ensure the applicant’s story coheres.
Less than 2% of Syrian refugees we allow in this country are grown men of combat age. Over half are children. Another 25% are elderly. We’re not just letting everyone get in. We’ve been taking in Syrian immigrants for a while now and none of them has blown shit up. The people behind the San Bernadino and Orlando attacks weren’t refugees.
So for those reasons Turtleboy isn’t down with this ban.
My biggest problem with Syrian refugees is the hypocrisy and acceptance of countries like Saudi Arabia who refuse to allow in their Muslim brethren. It’s a lot shorter of a trip, they’re used to the weather, and there’s plenty of neighborhood mosques. There’s so much wealth in those countries from oil sales that they should have plenty of resources to accommodate them. But instead they’ve close their doors to these refugees and no one seems to be calling them out for this.
Saw a Facebook friend, whose parents were Cambodian refugees fleeing the oppressive Khmer Rouge regime, and brought him here when he was a little boy. He posted a picture of his baby with this message:
This one comes from a friend who served in the military and organized the veteran’s protest at Hampshire College when they took down the American flag:
Doesn’t get much more Patriotic than that guy.
And how bout Cuban refugees? Why are we so willing to let people on rafts wash ashore in Florida and take them in with open arms? How do we know that they’re not secret double agents working for Castro to overthrow our government?
So yea, this whole executive order seems misguided and grounded in ignorance. This is not a Trump fan boy blog. You come here for unpredictable takes, and we always call it like we see it. Let the Trumpette butthurt begin.
P.S. Can’t wait until social justice warriors completely ignore the fact that we published this blog and choose to focus on blogs they don’t agree with.
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