America is faced with a controversial decision on whether or not to let Syrian refugees enter its borders. You will hear both sides of the argument claim that their position on the issue is axiomatic, but is it really so black and white? We must be open-minded and open-hearted to the full issue that we are facing.
Fleeing for their lives, Syrian refugees are searching for countries without the horror of the Islamic State. On the opposite side of the world, America looks promising to them. A new life without oppression would be miraculous. The United States is a compassionate country that looks to aid those in troubled times. Our citizens know this, refugees know this, but most importantly, ISIS knows this. ISIS will seek to infiltrate the US through its empathy for Syrian refugees, and this is a picture-perfect opportunity. What better time than now to cause terror in America?
Through President Obama’s administration, 10,000 refugees are being let into the United States. Do we know who these refugees are? No, and it will be extremely difficult to vet people who we know nothing about. One of the Paris attackers was a refugee who fled to Greece, so we have seen the downsides of welcoming refugees into other European countries. Most refugees are moral people who are trying to flee their country for safety, but it is impossible to tell a difference. Those moral refugees deserve compassion, but so do the citizens of the United States. It is intellectually dishonest to believe that not a single refugee is directly linked to the Islamic State. Our overall decision to accept refugees must be made off of intellect and not emotion, we have an obligation to be cautious.
ISIS does not play by the rules, they will attack the United States at its weakest because they know we follow moral guidelines. Although it is encouraging to see love coming from the American people, love may end up putting us in a worse situation than when we started. For America, it is a time for choosing. A decision that we may regret in years to come or one we may rejoice in. Our choice must be based on intellect and compassion, but if they conflict with each other, which one is correct?
Milton Friedman famously stated, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Is our love for the damaged people in the world going to cause more damaged people in the end? Are our refugee policies based off of intention and emotion rather than truth and intellect? So far 33 out of 50 governors have spoken that they do not think refugee settlement is a good idea. There is no good or evil answer to the Syrian refugee crisis, but for right now there is an intellectual answer and an emotional one.
Corey Black is a sophomore at Ohio Christian University studying Government & Business. He is the sitting chair for Young Americans for Freedom on campus. Corey enjoys speaking on political affairs and Ohio State football.
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