Should the US take in more refugees? | The Tylt
The U.N. is holding a summit convened by President Obama to discuss solutions to the international refugee crisis this week. The Obama administration set a goal of accepting 110,000 refugees, from multiple countries of origin, into the United States over the next year. Many Americans support the move, saying taking in immigrants is key to America’s values. However, others oppose taking in more refugees for economic and security reasons despite evidence to the contrary.
Should the US take in more refugees?
People are primarily concerned with the possibility of terrorists slipping into the United States along with the refugees. Many of these fears have been fanned by attacks in Europe, some of which have been tied to people posing as refugees.
Donald Trump has built much of his presidential campaign around the idea of keeping refugees and immigrants out. This message is resonating with a large swath of America who think the government should improve living conditions for Americans before helping others.
The United States has taken in few Syrian refugees compared to Germany and Canada. People are criticizing the United States for not doing enough:
"Slightly more than 10,000 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States this year. By comparison, Germany has taken in nearly 500,000 Syrians, and Canada 35,000."
No one becomes a refugee by choice. It's a human duty to help.
These are the refugees who get taken in.