Allow me to make a few brief comments about things that are obvious. I do this because people smarter than me and more powerful than me are saying things that cause me to wonder whether they are missing some points and why.
Not all immigrants are the same. There are those who want to come to America to assimilate. They want to become Americans. There are others who locate here and then want America to change for them, such as by adopting Sharia law. There are people who come with the idea of attacking America by posing as refugees. ISIS has admitted it uses this strategy. These are not widows and children. These are military age men who, in the case of Syria, choose to leave Syria rather than fight ISIS. Some are part of ISIS. It is not wise to welcome them just to look friendly. It is okay to be suspicious.
I have read that President Reagan allowed many refugees into our country so we should follow his example. Those were largely refugees who were fleeing Viet Nam. Remember the “boat people”? They did not want to live under Communism. Churches helped them resettle. In hindsight, we see that these immigrants from Southeast Asia did not commit any terrorist acts that I am aware of. So, that turned out to be a good decision. It resulted in many class valedictorians who are of Vietnamese descent and who are now proudly Americans.
On the other hand, it is not a coincidence that terrorist acts are being committed by men from the Mideast who declare that their murderous acts are in the name of Allah. Having been told that, is it not stupid to pretend that we don’t believe it is dangerous to our own safety to bring in Islamic men who fit that profile? President Obama wants us to feel ashamed to say we don’t want them here. His job and sworn duty is to protect the people of our nation. That does not require leading sensitivity sessions about not hurting the feelings of foreigners even if they pose a threat. It is odd that a week after the Paris attacks, which we now know were done by terrorists who were refugees betraying France after being allowed to come there, that we are lectured to ignore what we just witnessed.
It is also interesting to me that Saudi Arabia is not welcoming refugees from Syria. Is that because the Islamic terrorists would rather come to Europe and America because Saudi Arabia is already a Muslim nation? Saudi Arabia is not a target. Or, if that is not the reason, why would another nation with a similar culture not help fellow Muslims? Why should America do what Saudi Arabia won’t.
President Obama has tried to shame us by saying “That is not who we are” if we are wary of Syrian refugees. I disagree. Who we are is a nation which has been attacked by Islamic terrorist and does not want to have that happen again. We have our own widows as a result of those attacks. We need to be protective of our own children. This is an issue where a political correctness argument falls flat.
You are not paranoid if they are really after you.