The Syrian refugee crisis has become one of the world’s most controversial issues in both ethics and security. Over three million refugees are looking for places to stay. These refugees, only looking for a safe place to stay, just want better homes where their children can grow up happily. The U.S. has helped by donating $574 million dollars to humanitarian funds and by agreeing to take in 10,000 refugees, but a lot more must be done to help.
First, some background: the refugee crisis began in 2011 when a civil war broke out in Syria after protests were held challenging President Bashar Assad’s regime. The war has been raging on ever since and has left many families with no other choice but to leave the country. Many had to leave the country on the account of their houses being destroyed in the war. Even at this very moment refugees are fleeing Syria hoping for a better life for themselves and their families.
The U.S. has agreed to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees. This may seem like a lot of people, but compared to three million total refugees, it is not. One of the biggest reasons people don’t want Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. is the threat of terrorism. Since the terrorist group ISIS is based in the Middle Eastern area, the threat of some Syrian refugees being ISIS members exists. This possibility exists only because the U.S. is letting people about whom we know nothing about and have no documentation for. Another thing to remember when we start letting in Syrian refugees is that it only takes a few people to perform a terrorist attack as proven in the past. So if 9,998 refugees are innocent and are on their way to becoming great U.S. citizens, but two are terrorists, then we could possibly have a tragedy waiting to happen.
With this threat at hand, it would seem for reasons of caution alone we wouldn’t let in any refugees. If we turned them away, we would be taking away people’s chances at living the American dream. Ever since the Department of Homeland Security was formed, the country has been able to keep an eye on people deemed dangerous. Why not use this tool to keep an eye on those two theoretical terrorists mentioned in the scenario? While this won’t guarantee our safety, it can definitely increase it, yet nothing will ever guarantee our country’s safety. It is also the United States’ job under the Refugee Act of 1980 to let in those fleeing dangerous countries. These people need help and some of our European allies have already taken many refugees in themselves. Let’s be the country that helps those in need and deal with a problem when it persists.
Together as a country we are able to protect each other from terrorism. Together as allies we can help those running away from situations the U.S. has tried to prevent. Even with a chance of terrorism, we must take these people in because if we don’t, it’s a guarantee they won’t have a safe home at all. So, as U.S. citizens, let’s welcome Syrian refugees and prove to them how great it is to be here.