Friday, August 26, 2016

Title: US expects to surpass Syrian refugee admissions target



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-Summary/Reaction to the Article: This article focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis and how the US is helping.  The Obama administration originally set a goal for 2016 to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US and it looks like that goal will be met and then exceeded in the coming weeks.  Initially it was very tough for a Syrian refugee to gain entrance into the US, but the US has increased staffing at processing locations in neighboring countries so that both the interviews and security checks are moving much quicker.   While some support these efforts and insist the US is using rigorous screening processes, some are also concerned, including Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, who fear increasing the number of refugees to the US could increase the threat of terrorism within the US.  

-US History Connection: I can connect this article to the Displaced Peoples Act of 1945 when the US government agreed to let in up to 400,000 refugees from World War II into the US.  The current policy with Syrian refugees is very similar.  

-Question(s) for Discussion: As the war in Syria continues, should the US continue to increase the number of refugees into the US?  How might this policy impact both Americans as well as the international community?   

18 comments:

  1. I have heard a lot about Syrian refugees and I wanted to know more about the impact that they might have on the US and other countries that accept refugees. I found this article: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/09/15/would-syrian-refugees-be-an-economic-boon-or-burden This article reports on several studies that suggest that refugees tend to be extremely beneficial to the US economy. For example, "Refugees are more likely to be entrepreneurial and enjoy higher rates of successful business ventures compared to natives," the report said. "At the local level, refugees provide increased demand for goods and services through their new purchasing power and can be particularly revitalizing in communities that otherwise have a declining population." This article seems to suggest that letting in more Syrian refugees would be a positive for both the refugee and the US economy.

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  3. I believe that the countries with the resources to take care of refugees should help more, countries like the US can certainly afford to take in more and help release the pressure from the European countries. So my answer to the question is yes, the US should keep taking in more refugees.

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  4. The US should increase the number of refugees that are being allowed into the US. Letting in more Syrian refugees has a positive effect on both Syrian Refugees and Americans. Coming from a place of War, the Syrian refugees will be able to help the American people by helping them avoid unnecessary political situations which may lead to a civil war in America.

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  5. I've heard this discussed many times both on the news and from my family and peers. I feel very strongly about the refugee situation in America, I think we need to do what we can to help these people. I'm very happy to hear that the government has increased the amount of refugees they plan to let in, and that more can be processed and come to America thanks to increased staffing at immigration stations.

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  6. I agree with the position that the U.S has taken on this issue. I like how the U.S is allowing minors into the U.S, as it allows the U.S to build for the future. I also want detailed screening, as I want to feel safe.

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  7. I have seen a large amount of issues with where Syrian refugees will be accepted and if they are, only a certain amount will be accepted. Since we have other countries that will not be accepting these immigrants what are their issues and how can we solve them. If you don't want to accept the immigrants then what can you do to help them return to their homeland.

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  8. I strongly feel that America could increase the number of refugees. Letting Syrian refugees in could help the American culture by building off other cultures brought by immigrants to make a better totem pole. America's stand in the entire refugee thing is actually largely positive. Unlike other countries that are shunning away refugees because of the harm it might do to the economy, America is accepting these people pushed out of their country by war and suffering to live a better life in the US. I hope because of the increase of refugees people in America will learn not to have a negative and hostile bias on refugees, and not everyone from the middle east is evil.
    (sorry my username is so immature I created it when I was a freshman >.>)
    (I should actually accept my inner unicorn lol)

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  9. As the War in Syria is progressing, I agree with the idea of letting more Syrians into the US due to their situation. I think this act would help the friendship between the US and Syria and could potentially solve future problems/issues that might occur between the two countries.

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  11. I feel that America can continue to let Syrian refugees into our country but fix the process of how we let them in. I feel that there is a way to make the process more secure and make sure that everyone that comes into the country is not hostile. I'm not saying that none of the refugees are non-hostile but I feel it's safer for the US to make sure.

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  12. If syrian refugees are accepted into the US, the US fears that they will not be benificial to our society. For example on, http://www.borgenmagazine.com/the-benefits-of-accepting-syrian-refugees/, they state some examples of how people fear that these refugees will take up our welfare, and bring terrorism. The article states that if refugees are allowed in, it will not effect us dramatically and it is more of a problem in the social community than economicly.

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  13. I say that it should be increased because innocent people aren't part of the war that is going on and are being placed in the middle of the war. The U.S. should allow more to come to give them safety and a new economic start here rather than struggling there. We could allow screening to ensure the U.S. safety and allow no terrorists. They could build to the culture of the U.S. and help us grow. It will affect by showing the U.S. a place where people can come for safety and a new start and it'll show that we're still the land of the free and opportunity.
    https://www.mercycorps.org/articles/iraq-jordan-lebanon-syria-turkey/quick-facts-what-you-need-know-about-syria-crisis

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  14. I think that the increasing numbers of refugees are a good thing because they always have things they can contribute to America and We have things that can help them. Everything is a give and take and we should help the people who are innocent and trying to escape a war they don't deserve. One day we might want and need the the same treatment.

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  15. Countries that are stable enough to support refugees should be taking them in. These people have been thrown into a war that they are not a part of and we should do what we can to help. American should be taking in more and keeping better track.

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  16. I think they should continue helping the refugees because immigrants help not only the economy, but they bring a new culture that could increase diversity in the US. This helps the refugees by giving them a safe place to live, and new opportunities to succeed.

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  17. I agree with the US on helping the refugees because they are innocent and not even part of the war. The US is a stable country and it is being generous by providing a place for refugees to live.

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  18. I believe that the U.S. should continue to let refugees into the country, even with the war going on. People are constantly putting these stereotypes on civilians in the Middle East and labeling them all as terrorists and it is highly unfair. We should not be pinning the blame of the war on innocent people and refuse their passage into the U.S. Just like us, civilians in the Middle East are scared and want to live in a safe environment, and since their homeland has now become a place filled with war, we should not deprive them refuge in the U.S. America is known for welcoming diversity and different cultures so allowing more refugees would increase that. Why should we ever turn away from those who need help and want to find a safer environment to live in?

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