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Some Americans are calling for the United States to stop accepting refugees and instead tend to Americans who are suffering. They argue that it's dangerous to take in refugees and that Muslim refugees bring values incompatible with the U.S. Others are calling on the United States to increase the number of refugees it accepts. After all, this is a nation that was built by immigrants and refugees looking to build a better life. What should be done? Vote now.

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Americans are specifically calling to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees. They worry that there is a fundamental gulf between American and Syrian cultures that makes the two incompatible. They also fear that terrorists will hide themselves among the refugees in order to gain entry to the United States. 

"Fifty-six percent of Americans believe that the Syrian refugees… their values are at odds with our values. That may not be wrong," said Maher. "If you are in this religion, you probably do have values that are at odds. This is what liberals do not want to recognize. You may be from a country—as there are many, many Muslim countries—that either have Sharia law or want Sharia law. Those values are not our values."
If that weren't enough, Maher quotes U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who said, "The root cause of the threat we face is the extremist ideology itself. Let’s not forget our strongest weapon: our own liberal values."


"[Cameron] talks about the horrors of forced marriage; he talks about how the utter brutality of female genital mutilation is too common in his country with nearly 4,000 cases, and that’s just the reported cases; 11,000 cases of honor-based violence. I'm not saying this is going to happen in America, but this idea that somehow we do share values, that all religions are alike, is bullshit. And we need to call it bullshit."
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Echoing the political debate over immigration and border security, several governors warned that refugees could arrive without verifiable documents or slip through the screening process and that they could pose a terrorist threat once here. "I'm not interested in accepting refugees from Syria," said Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, a Republican. "We would have to be very cautious about accepting folks without knowing a lot more about what the federal government’s plan looks like."
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Americans historically have never wanted to accept refugees. Time and time again, the worst fears have never been realized. 

Today, when many Americans think of Vietnamese-Americans as a success story, we forget that the majority of Americans in 1975 did not want to accept Vietnamese refugees. (A sign hung in the window of a store near my parents’ grocery: “Another American forced out of business by the Vietnamese.”) For a country that prides itself on the American dream, refugees are simply un-American, despite the fact that some of the original English settlers of this country, the Puritans, were religious refugees.
Today, Syrian refugees face a similar reaction. To some Europeans, these refugees seem un-European for reasons of culture, religion and language. And in Europe and the United States, the attacks in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., have people fearing that Syrian refugees could be Islamic radicals, forgetting that those refugees are some of the first victims of the Islamic State.
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The vetting system works. The problem is when people get radicalized when they are already in the United States, but that is not an issue that is limited to just refugees.

In the 14 years since September 11, 2001, the United States has resettled 784,000 refugees from around the world, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute, a D.C. think tank. And within that population, three people have been arrested for activities related to terrorism. None of them were close to executing an attack inside the U.S., and two of the men were caught trying to leave the country to join terrorist groups overseas.
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Here are perspectives from people who think the United States shouldn't accept refugees. 

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Here are perspectives from people who support resettling refugees in the United States. 

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Should the United States restrict the number of refugees we accept?
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