Tuesday, June 11, 2013
US weighing Taking In Syrian Refugees
The Obama administration is considering resettling thousands of refugees who have fled Syria here in America:
A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.
The State Department is "ready to consider the idea," an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.
The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations.
U.N. refugee officials, diplomats and nongovernmental relief groups plan to discuss possible resettlement schemes at a high-level meeting this week in Geneva. Germany already has committed to taking 5,000 people.
Naturally, there's the usual bilge about how there would be 'careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country.' I think we've already seen how bogus that claim is.
However, I think America could certainly take in some Syrian refugees. I would have one major caveat..that we limit it to Syrian Christians.
In Iraq, we sat back during the occupation (under both Presidents Bush and Obama) and allowed Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims to brutalize and ethnically cleanse Christians while we were touting how we were bringing Iraq 'democracy'. The population has already been reduced by over 50% and is rapidly disappearing.
In Syria, the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda rebels Obama is so hot on helping take over are likewise driving Syria's centuries old Christian community out by force, and no one in the Obama Administration is saying a thing about it...just as they're ignoring the persecution of Christians in Egypt, another place where the Obama Administration helped Islamists take over.
By the way, the one place that is already taking in Syrian Druse and Christian refugees is Israel, the only country in the Middle East where Christians are not viciously persecuted and the only one where the Christian population is actually growing.
The Los Angeles Times article linked above says that there's concern about al Qaeda terrorists sneaking in under the guise of being refugees, something that has already happened with Iraqis who were resettled in America.
If we are going to take in any Syrian refugees, let's limit it to Syrian Christians, who unlike Muslims can't go home again and will face more persecution in countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan where they're already squatting as unwelcome refugees on the UN's dime.