The news about the refugee crisis is truly heartwrenching.
My own parents and grandparents were refugees from the Holocaust who came to this beautiful country to start fresh and live in freedom and peace.
So one one hand, I like so many others want to do the right thing from a humanitarian perspective and help people in need.
- 18 of 31 people identified so far in mass New Year's Eve attacks (sexual molesting, raping, and robbing) of over 500 women in German...were refugees that had already applied for asylum.
- At least one of the Paris terrorists who killed more than 130 people in November is alleged to have been a Syrian refugee.
- At least 3 refugees resettled in the U.S. since 9/11 (from Iraq and Uzbek) have been arrested on terrorism charges and there have been dozens of other counter-terrorism investigations for those resettled here.
- The ISIS suicide bomber that killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul this week was registered as a Syrian refugee "without setting off security alerts."
- And again this week, a group of refugees with rocks, bats, knives, attack a Frenchman.
- ISIS is already asserting that they will use the refugee crisis to get attackers into the West and are bragging that already thousands have successfully infiltrated.
Surely, no refugee vetting process is going to be ironclad--processing mistakes, system errors, and errors of judgement are bound to happen.
Some have also suggested that politics is playing a larger role here in wanting to get as many refugees and immigrants as possible into the country for the purpose of simply getting their cold hard votes...so this is a possible darker side of DC.
In the end, we need to put politics aside, and figure out how do we help those that really need help and are good people seeking to live peacefully and productively among us, and how do we prevent the next wave of terror from some really bad apples?
Until we can answer this question substantively, and not by an emotional response of it "is just not who we are," we need to take this one step at a time and not act rashly and recklessly. ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Luis C. Araujo)