Refugees: Should we Welcome Them? by Paige Masonheimer

Lately, a huge debate has been going around about whether or not we should allow Syrian Refugees to enter America. A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or a natural disaster. The main problem about this is people can sneak into our country while disguised as a refugee, and this puts us at risk. Is it really worth it?

First of all, many people believe that ISIS and other terrorist groups see Syrian Refugees as traitors. This may be true in many cases, however, this creates the believable story they need in order to be able to enter our country. Terrorist groups see this as an opportunity to get into America and other countries. They know that if we believe this story, then they can disguise as refugees. For example, say we believe this story and allow the refugees into our country easier. It will probably go great for a little while until terrorists hear about it. Then, they will be able to make a simple plan and enter America. This is not what we want to happen. We cannot be oblivious and believe every single story they tell us.

In addition, people state that refugees are necessary to defeating ISIS. They say that since ISIS is recruiting a lot of people, if we don’t take the refugees into our country, ISIS will recruit them as well. This statement completely clashes with the story that ISIS sees refugees as traitors. If ISIS really sees Syrian Refugees as traitors, they wouldn’t want to recruit them. They would be smart enough to know that they would just give all of their plans away. In addition, if we don’t allow the refugees into our country, they will just try to enter a different country. While they do this, terrorists will most likely give up and not try to enter any other country.

Also, allowing refugees into our country is a long painful process, one that we simply don’t have time for. First, the refugees have to identify themselves to the U.N. Refugee Agency, where they are grouped into three categories: first priority, second priority, and third priority. Next, they have to go through excruciatingly long interviews, screening, and security clearance. After that, the refugees have to prove that they have a “well-founded fear.” In other words, they have to prove they have a reasonable fear of having to go back to the country they came from. Then, the RSC sends a request to the United States asking for a certain spot the refugee can stay. Before doing so, they will look to see if the refugee has any family members that are citizens; if they do, then they will try to find a spot for the refugee to live there. Finally, the refugees have to go through a medical examination and a few more security checks before they are sent to America. All in all, this is a very time-consuming process that we don’t have time for. We need to focus on more important things like the conflict with Korea.

Lastly, we need to help our own citizens before helping others. Many oblivious people state that our country is running smoothly and our country has never been better. They are certainly wrong. Currently, there have been many riots occurring against our president, and if we continue allowing as many people into our country as we currently are, then they will be more people to riot with them and more people in danger. Our government and armed forces need to get our own citizens under control or we are putting our citizens at risk. In addition, there are many homeless and jobless people roaming the streets asking for money and food. If we continue to welcome refugees into our country, the amount of homeless and jobless people will increase majorly. People talk constantly about helping others, but we should make sure our country and citizens are under control first. If we don’t, then the refugees coming in won’t be safe either.

In conclusion, we should let in fewer refugees than we are right now, if not, stop allowing all refugees. They could be terrorists, we don’t have time to go through the process of allowing them in, they could be working with ISIS, and we need to take care of our own citizens first. We need to be reasonable in this type of situation. Do we put our citizens in danger by allowing refugees into our country?

Unwelcomed Guest


Sailing on ships,

Fleeing their countries,

Crowding the borders,

Should we let them in?



dangerous dark,

waiting, plotting, hiding.

They are hidden in a disguise.


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