We are being told several things about the issue of refugees and the danger of admitting terrorists into America.

The refugees are in a desperate situation. Both Christians and some members of Muslim sects have been targeted for harassment, violence and death by such radical outfits as ISIS, al Queda and Boko Haram. It is not just people in the Middle East who are in danger: Africa is also a source of trouble, particularly Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

The number of people who may be on the move because of political and religious upheaval is estimated at SIXTY MILLION.

Attempts to favor Christians, who are more in tune with the culture of the west than some Muslim groups, have been denounced as “un-American.” I will mention here that the history of refugee resettlement in the US shows cases where people shared religious values (Armenians) or had been US allies (Hungarians, Vietnamese, Iraqis). The notion of taking people “who are in trouble” just because they are in trouble is a newer concept, though perhaps a noble one.

The fear that refugee crowds have been seeded with agents of terror seems almost certainly to be true to some extent. This is being loudly discussed, so I will merely add that I believe US government officials are “whistling in the dark” when they claim that the refugees from chaotic regions are well vetted.

So the refugees are in great danger and must come to America post haste but we don’t have resources to help the Christians. Sorry about that.

Mark Krikorian has been studying immigration problems for decades and he believes the rush to bring refugees to the US is actually immoral. He points out that it costs much more to bring a refugee to the US and support him or her than it does to provide shelter and subsistence closer to home. With such great need, to spend limited resources to bring people here when many more could be helped in other ways seems contrary to common sense. Mr. Krikorian says:

The Center for Immigration Studies, which I head, recently calculated that it costs twelve times as much to resettle a refugee in the United States as it does to care for the same refugee in a neighboring country in the Middle East. . . .
In other words, each refugee we bring to the United States means that eleven others are not being helped with that money. Faced with twelve drowning people, only a monster would send them a luxurious one-man boat rather than twelve life jackets. And yet, with the best of intentions, that is exactly what we are doing when we choose one lucky winner to resettle here.

We should have our eyes open and our wits about us if we want to help the greatest number of suffering people. Playing fairy godmother to a few has more of egotism than charity in it.

 

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