With the Paris terrorist attacks from last week, we’ve been hearing the same talking points from the left on the refugee crisis. In fact, here are 5 of the most common arguments they make, and why they’re all wrong.
Talking point #1: ISIS wants you to reject the refugees
Fact: Logically, this doesn’t make sense. ISIS says they want to attack the West, and even they know the easiest way for them to do so would be to pose as refugees. And if we accept every “refugee”, including these terrorists, their chances of attacking here will fatefully increase.
In the Chicago Tribune, writer Clarence Page included the following:
But I oppose closing the door to refugees because, among other reasons, that’s what the Islamic State wants.
The refugee flow is “anathema” to Islamic State, writes Aaron Y. Zelin, who catalogs the group’s messages at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, because it is “undermining the group’s message that its self-styled caliphate is a refuge.”
Notice his argument is only that the flow of refugees is anathema to the Islamic State. But he doesn’t specify they have to “flow” to America. There are other neighboring countries that can help. So it is unfair to claim the only two choices are to either accept refugees here or do nothing about it.
Talking point #2: Jesus was a refugee
Comparing the Son of God to thousands of refugees, whose backgrounds are all unknown, is an illogical comparison. This argument is unsurprisingly coming mostly from clergy and other faithful lay people. They say it is the right thing to bring them in. However, I would argue that protecting millions of innocent people in this country from bringing in thousands of Syrians whose backgrounds are unknown, would be doing the right thing. Plus, Jesus didn’t pose as anyone he wasn’t. He was perfect. However, there are terrorists posing as refugees, so if we don’t know which ones they are, we can’t afford to take the risk of bringing anyone in.
Talking point #3: We can vet these refugees
Obama’s own FBI director James Comey says otherwise. He reiterated the fact that it is impossible to vet all the Syrian refugees coming in. This isn’t Republicans making the claim. Comey said the following:
We can only query against that which we have collected.
And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.
Talking point #4: Republicans and conservatives hate refugees
The word “hate” is nothing new to the liberal dictionary. They claim we hate everyone and everything just because we disagree with them on policy. According to liberals, they say we hate women, we hate minorities, we hate the poor, we hate immigrants, and now we hate refugees. We don’t hate anyone. We just want to know who is coming here and what their backgrounds are. And when Obama’s own FBI director claims we can’t vet everyone, that raises a big red flag.
Talking point #5: Bringing them here is the best solution
When was it our responsibility to take in every refugee in the world? That may sound blunt, but despite leftists thinking America is exclusive and mean, we’re actually the most generous country in the world when it comes to bringing in immigrants and refugees. However, this doesn’t mean we’re obliged to bring in everyone. There are other solutions far better, such as helping their situation and looking at other neighboring countries for these refugees to relocate.
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