Latest news on Syrian Refugees.
Due to the Paris attacks in November, many Americans fear for their safety and allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States still remains a controversial topic.
In the beginning of this month, there were progress in helping Syrian refugees in North America. For instance, a federal judge blocked Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence’s order that prevents state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana. Gov. Pence cited the Paris attack in November when he issued his order that “would hurt aid groups by withholding reimbursements for housing and medical care to assist Syrian refugees.” According to U.S. District Judge Walton Pratt, the governor’s action “clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin.” By blocking Syrian refugees from entering Indiana, the state would be disregarding the “fundamental American values of providing refuge for families fleeing war and violence.” The decision made by Judge Pratt is a progress into preserving this nation’s value and helping Syrian refugees have a better life. Another similar story that gives hope to Syrian refugees is Canada’s acceptance of 25,000 people in less than 4 months after pledging to bring in Syrian refugees. Now that Canada has met its goal, their government’s next step will be, “helping settled refugees find permanent living arrangements, jobs and to get them enrolled into a language training for either French or English.” For this reason, Canada should serve as an example to other countries, especially the United States, that everyone should have shared responsibility to help those who are in need. Overall, the judge’s ruling in Indiana and the acceptance of 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada are steps into making the world a better place to those who are victims of violence in their homeland.
Although the latest news from early March are in favor of Syrian refugees, now, it is the opposite. According to CityNews, the Canadian government has “closed all foreign processing centers for Syrian refugees who want to come to Canada.” This is a setback to the progress that the Canadian’s government have made earlier this month because no Syrian refugee can come to Canada without going through the processing centers. Thus, leaving Syrian refugees with no place to settle in. Furthermore, the recent attacks in Brussels that killed 31 and injured 300 puts the Syrian refugees in an uncertain position. In response to these attacks, presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz and Donald Trump calls for the end of the acceptance of Syrian refugees in the United States.
“We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant Al Qaeda or ISIS presence.” — Presidential Candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Canada’s decision to close foreign processing centers and the Brussels attacks causes a backfire to Syrian refugees. The recent attacks in Brussels reignited the fear of many Americans for their security that was brought upon by the Paris attacks. As a result, many Syrian refugees are viewed as terrorists rather than victims of terrorism who needs to escape the violence they are experiencing in their homeland.
Earlier this month, Syrian refugees seemed to have a better future. Now, their future seems to be dark. The future of Syrian refugees remains unknown as events continue to unfold. Given that they are left with no choice due to their situation, it is in our decision to help them have a better life or to let our fear overcome our compassion.
Revised on March 25, 2016