Gov. Rick Snyder, (R-MI), decided that his highest priority in the post-Paris terrorist attacks world is to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into Michigan. Gov. Snyder’s decision is getting criticized. Dr. Yahya Basha is “a Syrian-American advocate from West Bloomfield who has family members who are refugees.” Dr. Basha insists that “The United States should be a safe haven. We should welcome them.”
In light of the fact that a high percentage of Syrian refugees are young men and in light of the fact that there isn’t a vetting system in place in Syria or other terrorist hots spots and in light of the fact that some of the terrorists that killed 160 people in the Paris terrorist attacks had Syrian passports, rejecting potential terrorists from territory controlled by ISIS seems like the right thing to do.
What’s exceptionally disturbing is that the Democratic presidential candidates didn’t express concern about letting potential terrorists into the US despite FBI Director Comey’s testimony. That’s where Dir. Comey said “We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but nothing will show up because we have no record of them.”
Syria doesn’t have a Department of Refugee Verification. Even if they did, why would anyone trust them? Syria is a terrorist-harboring nation. Trusting Syria is like trusting Iran or the Palestinians in that trusting anyone from those nations is foolish.
As for Dr. Basha’s statement that the US should be a safe haven, the counterargument should be that we shouldn’t be a safe haven for potential terrorists. Period. That shouldn’t happen ever. The best cure for this crisis is to crush ISIS so Syrians don’t have to flee.
Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley said that they’d “welcome at least 65,000 Syrian refugees” even “after the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris.” In the aftermath of a major terrorist attack in the heart of Europe where refugee passports were used to gain access to to France, why would anyone put American lives in jeopardy? Don’t Democrats care about American lives? Or is it that Democrats put a higher priority on maintaining an image with other nations than they put on keeping Americans safe?
If Democrats, especially Mrs. Clinton, don’t take their homeland security responsibilities seriously, then they should never touch the United States’ levers of power. Protecting Americans is a commander-in-chief’s first responsibility.