What is the process to become a refugee?
To get refugee status you need go through a process. According to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants web page, “The Resettlement process is considered a durable solution for refugees who cannot return to their countries of origin or integrate into the current countries that are hosting them…..Refugees seeking resettlement in the United States must pass through a series of steps aimed at ensuring they will not pose a security risk to the United States.” This shows that the whole 14 steps are necessary precaution to make sure they are not a threat to national security. Overall the process is basically 3 steps: Getting a referral, Screening, accepting process. Collins et. al., a group of Representative from The U.S. House, say, “No alien is allowed onto U.S. soil until all the checks are completed to DHS’s satisfaction...it takes about 18 to 24 months to process an applicant for refugee status.” This shows that actually getting through al 14 steps is a very lengthy vetting process. The 14 step process is what all immigrants must go to if they wish to seek asylum in the United States.
Why does Trump want to stop allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.?
Donald Trump, the current president of the United states, passed an executive order prohibiting Syrian refugees to enter the US. Trump thinks that the refugees are dangerous to society will only harm the economy. According to Linda J , a Syrian refugee that successfully went through the process and got into the U.S. ,“Trump says he wants to fight terrorism, but instead he’s fighting the victims of terrorism.” This shows a perspective of a refugee that was appalled by the unrelenting conditions in Syria and went through the process to escape it. To them they are trying to flee a place where they were removed from their home and people are being killed everywhere, but to try to get to a safer place they have to go through extreme vetting processes because people are worried they are terrorist posing as refugees. Mark Theissen from the American Enterprise Institute says, “2 percent were able to carry out an attack that killed at least 130 people.” The 2% of refugees in Paris plotted and attacked a stadium during a soccer match killing many people. This shows that not every Syrian refugee may be a threat to national security, but as long as the refugees with radical thoughts are still able to get we need to keep improving our vetting system. With this threat Trump has justified not allowing refugees into the United States.
Why the Syrians leaving their homes?
They are millions of Syrians leaving their homes because of the civil war. According to World Vision, a non profit organization, “Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, as many as 386,000 people have been killed, including nearly 14,000 children.” This shows that many Syrians feel unsafe with their home. Since they feel unsafe they flee to a place that will be more suitable and safe. Also, since the civil wars the education system is near non-existent. Melissa Flemings, a writer for The Guardian, says,”Syrians prize education highly. But in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey there are simply not enough opportunities for Syrian children to be educated.” This shows that because Syrians think so highly of education and the nearby countries that they flee to don’t have a suitable education program that they want to come to places in Europe or America. These refugees leave their homes because it is unsafe and seek asylum in a better environment to live in.
Where are the refugees going?
With millions of Syrians being displaced they need to find another place to go. According to CNN, “Turkey now shelters almost half of the Syrian refugees and clearly has more than it can handle.” Since Turkey is very close to Syria it is a very popular destination for refugees. Along with Lebanon with such high amounts of refugees entering the country it doesn't have enough resources to support them. Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar have very similar religious and ethnic background. One would think that with all these similarities these countries would accept refugees, but they do not. According to Leonid Bershidsky an author from the Bloomberg, the Gulf states won’t accept any refugees because, “letting in more foreigners doesn't just mean sharing the (shrinking) oil wealth, but increasing the potential for political, ethnic and sectarian tension.” This shows that the gulf states just don’t want to deal with any potential problems bringing in the refugees might cause so they won’t accept any refugees. All these refugees are just looking for a home and most of them end up finding them in neighboring countries to Syria.
Do the Refugees cause any problems in the US?
With all the vetting processes the refugees go through to get into the U.S. you would think there shouldn’t be any chance that they would take radical actions. According to CNN, “No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980.” This shows that these refugees haven’t committed any terrorist attacks since they started being allowed into the U.S. in 1980. Just because they don’t commit terrorist attacks doesn’t mean they won't cause any problems; People also worry that they will just use welfare and live off the taxpayers. Alex Nowrasteh and author from the Washington Post believes, “Many of them will earn low pay in America’s labor market….. but an influx of lower-skilled workers could actually help Americans with less skill. The United States does not have a fixed supply of jobs. By working in the United States and consuming goods and services, more jobs will be created to supply them.” This leads many proponents of immigrant rights to believe that with all the thoughts that they will only harm society, they have been proven wrong. Not only can we save lives by allowing them in our country, we can better our economy.