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America Being Tested by Refugees

November 19, 2015
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It is possible that one of the terrorists came into France as a refugee from Syria. Letting Syrian refugees into America has set off a firestorm.

Do not let refugees into this country is the cry of some Republicans. Some say only let Christians in. Do not let them into my state say some Republican governors.

The creed of the United States is found in the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. It says: “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.”

What should the nation do? The president says America welcomes refugees. Republicans are saying the most important thing is to protect the country.

Both sides have support for their views. Refugees do not walk into this country. They are looked at carefully. They need sponsors. They must pass a lot of tests to show they are honest. It will be very hard for a terrorist to get in. However, it could happen.

No system is foolproof. So Republicans say do not let any refugee from Syria into this country.

The election for president is less than a year away. Every seat in the House of Representatives is up for election. About one-third of the Senate seats will be up. Most of what politicians say is to get votes.

The plight of refugees does say something about the American people. It is often said that America is a nation of immigrants. There are millions of foreign-born people living in this country.

Millions of refugees are moving all over the globe. The Middle East, Africa and Central America have outflows of people. They are fleeing war, crime and poverty.

Most experts say the solution is to build nations. Countries must govern themselves. Many others say destroying the Islamic terror state will solve the problem. Others say you have to have countries in which people can believe.

Right now, neither is happening. The fight is over refugees.

Source: The Washington Post November 18, 2015

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