By Carlos Solis |Staff Writer|
Twelve million Syrians have fled their homes because of the civil war in their country, according to worldvision.org.
Foreign powers, like countries such as U.S., and Russia—as well as organizations in the Middle East—have created a mess. The situation in Syria has now turned into one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history.
Since 2012, the U.S. has accepted 2,174 Syrian refugees – roughly a 0.0007 % of the US population, according to The Guardian.
“Obama calls on U.S. to resettle ‘at least 10,000’ Syrian refugees in 2016 fiscal year,” continued The Guardian. This number will only represent 0.0007% of the U.S. population.
This shows the compassionate side of President Barack Obama. He is trying to save people from a bad situation, and this embodies the real values of being an American.
Thirty U.S. state governors said they will not accept Syrian refugees.
Even though state level governors do not have the authority to resist an executive order such as this one, they can make life hard for incoming refugees by defunding programs such as English and job training classes.
“Syrian and Iraqi refugees are the victims of terrorism, fleeing the same type of atrocities that we’ve recently witnessed,” said Shelly Pitterman of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Pitterman makes a valid point. I agree that the refugees desperately seeking asylum will not necessarily turn out to be terrorists.
Society has a heightened fear of Islamic countries, thinking of them only in terms of terrorist attacks, and thinking these refugees are terrorists.
I think it is valid to be afraid of the Islamic State attacks, but it’s not okay to blame refugees for being part of the violence that drove them from their homes.
“I don’t think we have a legitimate plan and if the Paris situation is any indication, it’ll only expose us to terrorist attacks at home,” said student Keith Rivas.
Personally, I think if the refugees were coming from a non-Muslim country, the U.S. wouldn’t be making it such a big deal.
Unfortunately, the U.S. now affiliates Islam with terrorism, and that is just ignorance.
Take a chill pill, America—there are other countries providing shelter to the refugees—not everyone has forgotten about Syria.
Between January and October, Germany has granted asylum to more than 243,721 refugees, according to The Guardian. The U.S. should start taking notes on how to help innocent people fleeing a civil war.
If America truly wants to help, then it should accept refugees.
“There has been only one time in American history when mass immigration resulted in major homicide and we commemorate it every Thanksgiving,” said CSUSB alumni Adam Ghossein.
It seems very hypocritical to celebrate Thanksgiving, considering that it was the Native Americans who accepted Europeans immigrants, ultimately to their demise.
Nowadays, we don’t seem to remember that we are all descendants of immigrants.
If it wasn’t for immigration, the U.S. wouldn’t be the nation it is today.
Steve Jobs is the son of a Syrian immigrant and Barack Obama is the son of a Kenyan immigrant.
These are just two examples of wildly successful Americans of immigrant descent.
I think the attitude towards Syrian refugees is only a reflection of American society forgetting how this country was made.
I was not born in this country. I’m an immigrant aspiring for the same thing as any other immigrant—a better life.
If the U.S. didn’t allow immigrants, this university wouldn’t have the pleasure of reading this article.
I’m impressed with the diversity that California has, and I am glad it’s one of the few states that is not opposed to accepting refugees.
I have never been personally discriminated against or denied having somewhere to live in the United States, but it makes me sad that the so-called “Greatest Country on Earth” does not feel empathy for other countries at war.
I believe that whatever reasons refugees or immigrants have coming to the U.S., they are doing the same thing your ancestors did 400 years ago.
It’s unfair the U.S. and other nations of the world remain silent to the nightmare that is now life in Syria.
I think the Syrian immigration crisis could have been avoided to this scale if other countries would be minding their own business by not involving themselves in unnecessary warfare.
Now that we are facing this situation,
we shouldn’t stand idly by with crossed arms.
They are immigrants, not killers.
I think as society, we need to challenge Islamophobia and remain mindful of American values of inclusion that our country was founded on.