Syrian Refugee Crisis



Riley Rector

The Syrian refugee crisis has come to a boiling point. There are hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians fleeing into bordering countries, but there is only so much room and so many resources for these people who no longer have a place to call home. The United States has almost always been a country of refuge and safety for people fleeing from dangers in their own country, as this crisis in Syria continues and the thousands turned millions are removed from their homes, the United States must consider the options, should we accept Syrian refugees into our country?

The Optimistic and mostly democratic answer would be of course, these people are in need of our help, who are we to deny what we could so easily give to others? The more conservative and what may be considered realistic reply is that these refugees could pose a threat to our national security and the safety of our own people. How do we effectively vet 10,000 people to see what their intentions are? Why risk potential terrorist attacks like those that already occurred in Paris?

Because of the relevance of this issue it has been a hot button topic for candidates in the presidential campaign and there are many conflicting opinions on the right course of action for our country and for the Syrian people. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders want to give resources and help to the refugees but the republican candidates are much more hesitant following the attacks in Paris. “Who in their right mind would want to bring over tens of thousands of Syrian refugees when we cannot determine, the administration cannot determine who is, and who isn’t a terrorist?” – Ted Cruz

Both points of view are legitimate, there are thousands of innocent people in need of help, but at what cost to ourselves? This is an issue I believe we should get involved in. The bordering countries to Syria are overflowing with refugees and there are now people in an inescapable war zone. The idea that Syrian refugees took part in the Paris attacks is only a theory; an assailant killed in the attacks with a Syrian passport is speculated to have forged the documents. However these attacks did surface very real fears and created negative impact on the refugee crisis, leading other countries to become much more hesitant to let these people into their country.

The United States is one of those countries; although the assailant is not a proven Syrian the damage he created to the reputation of Syrian refugees is virtually irreparable. The application to be accepted into this country as a refugee is extensive and takes between 18-24 months; those accepted are most likely in a very desperate situation and need an escape. This process alone raises the question, why bother to come to this country as a refugee if you are a terrorist? To me, this simply does not add up. If you wanted to commit heinous crimes on our country’s soil, why bother with an extensive background process that could potentially take two years or longer? The refugees applying to come to this country are in desperate need of our help and we can so easily extend help to them, so why wouldn’t we?

In class this semester we have been learning about and discussing the powers of the president and the current presidential campaign. Because of the severity of this issue and the necessity to make a decision the Syrian refugee crisis has been a popular topic amongst the candidates running for president. The points of view are, as always, widespread, but from the different perspectives and the discussion of this crisis we can learn more about the situation in Syria and potentially come to a decision that could help thousands of people who so desperately need it.




About SaintsGOV16
We are students in Dr. Ostroff's sections of U.S. Government at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. (

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