Absolutely! Americans Have a Right to Fear Syrian Refugees
Given the situation as portrayed by our haphazard and corporate controlled media — many Americans feel they cannot trust immigrants and refugees in this sensitive situation. In short, they fear for their own safety. Especially, given how horrific the bombings and suicide attacks have been all over the world.
Who should blame them? Liberals? Why? Conservatives raise valid concerns and questions about the Syrian refugees.
How do we screen them? Do we trust the screening process? Do we trust our government to make these types of decisions for us? Are Jihadi loyalists going to lie and infiltrate? Is this part of a sinister plot to allow terrorists into America so they can wreak havoc forcing us to fight a 30-year war?
These are all tough questions to answer. Especially, as the roots of corruption, on both sides of the political coin, are being unearthed all around the Internet.
However, in cost-benefit analysis, let’s look at what we stand to lose if we let these fears win out.
Refugee immigration has always been the life blood of America. The founding fathers were the most illustrious of refugees. Many of our best and brightest are first generation immigrants whose parents fled injustice and tyranny. Right now, graduate schools on all levels are packed with these immigrants doing amazing ground breaking work.
Just one example here: Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian refugee. He and his team of misfits built one of the most successful American companies, if you factor in time, technology, and financial success.
Steve Jobs and Apple would not even have been born had we denied his father entry for the sake of fear.
Fear fuels racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. This is an epic cost that can be measured in the loss of civilized culture in the United States of America. White supremacy is a real threat to the peace and tranquility of our sovereign nation. My own father was murdered in his own house of worship on a Sunday morning by a former Army Sergeant turned Neo Nazi. This epitomizes the root of the larger problem.
Conservative media fuels all of these fears in order to capitalize on ratings and satisfy their corporate masters who know how to sell through these means. “Armageddon” is always on the lips of conservative talk show hosts. Then, immediately after, they sell bomb shelters and gold bars.
I remind people that Syrian refugees are unique. They are coming here for the purest of intentions: to flee a war that America helped start. They flee a Jihadi group that many nations and Western banks still, to this day, do oil business with. They are coming in the most dire of circumstances: for safety, freedom, and prosperity amidst a catastrophic war. They have looked the enemy in the eye to find a demonic force behind it. This situation cuts across many layers of political understanding, and it should cut across yours.
Thus, the Syrian refugees might be feared — not because they are going to create violence — but because their desire for the American dream is completely pure. They, like many other immigrants, might out work, out learn, and out do others. Right now, people in America are worried about finding a job based on their talents and skill sets. Our fears tell us that allowing others in will only make it harder to get work, right?
We must remember that we are not a nation divided. When immigrants enter our great land, they become a vital part of our economy, our education systems, and our culture. We all gain from the life blood of the immigration process. From Steve Jobs to Albert Einstein, another refugee, to small business owners, to the first generation Mexican immigrants, who buy family homes quicker than any other wave of past immigrants, our culture and our economy is strengthened with these new American converts.
Refugees may crave the American dream — dare I say — more than even some fifth and seventh generation Americans.
John F. Kennedy eloquently articulated and chiseled the best treatise on the immigration process that defines the very character of our country. He said:
“Immigration policy should be
generous; it should be fair; it should
be flexible. With such a policy we
can turn to the world, and to our own
past, with clean hands and a clear
conscience.” ― John F. Kennedy, A Nation of Immigrants
In short, we have a moral obligation for our past wrongs — including the war in Iraq and the creation of the Taliban to fight the Soviet Union. Both of these things were not a matter of necessity. They were a part of a doomed agenda of destabilization and war mongering that created this refugee crisis which is leaving children washed up on the shores of major waterways.
However, fear can only be driven out by optimism, hope, and beauty. In this case, we must hark back to the poetry chiseled on a bronze plate driven into the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” ― Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus was foreshadowing this very moment. She was speaking of the Syrian Refugees.
We must trust in the American dream. And for good reason: the statue of liberty shines like a beacon of light to the weak, the weary, and the suffering. We should trust that any human, when confronted with the warm hospitality and the prosperity our nation offers, will be motivated to rise and do more than their fair share. If we do not, then we have no faith in our own founding principles.
Thus, in my estimation , though some of us have rightful concern, we must let the Syrian refugees have a place in the sun. The cloud of disaster that has choked their nation was created by our own failed policies and leadership. We must show the Jihadis they can not cut off the lifeblood to our American dream. Otherwise, they have won a major battle. They will have more sheep to slaughter and commit mass genocide on.
By taking in their sworn enemies, the great thinkers and architects of an ancient culture in Syria, we will create an even stronger union. In this strengthening of our great country, we will find that fear has no place in the hearts of the brave. Fear has no place in the minds of the bold.
I have no fear that the Syrian refugees — when given freedom and opportunity —will seize it, rather than destroy it. As a son of immigrants, as an immigrant myself — I have seen this time and again — far more often — than I have seen the opposite.