Mike Rawlings is speaking his mind. Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, is making a point about the Syrian refugee controversy thrust into the spotlight after reports suggested at least one of the Paris bombers was in France under the guise of a displaced Syrian. The polemic debate has divided state and local city leaders, and while the prickly immigration issue will fall to the federal government, Rawlings is ranking any potential threat well under those who are already here.
Writes the Washington Times on Nov. 24: “Mr. Rawlings is welcoming refugees despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asking to keep refugees out of the state. Mr. Rawlings said he and Mr. Abbott are both concerned about safety, but disagree about the risk of refugees.”
“ISIS wants us to demonize these Syrian refugees, want us to alienate these children,” Rawlings told MSNBC. “We have got to build a coalition of Middle Eastern states and we need to reach out. They’re Muslims and we have got to use the words carefully to show them that we care about them. ISIS is no more Islamic than the Nazi senior staff was Christian. And so we have got to differentiate between the two. Fight the fight that we need to do.”
Rawlings said that instead of targeting “children and refugees,” we need to center our aggression and our plans on “evil human beings that are doing terrible things.”
I am more fearful of large gatherings of young white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue. – Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“I was out in the streets last night in Dallas, looking at a great part of town that has had some recent robberies. Those are the things that mayors are concerned about,” he said. “This is a big issue and we as a nation must step up and make sure we’re secure, but we must not do things that change the soul of who we are as well.”
Adds CNN: “Only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been accepted into the United States since 2011, but the Obama administration announced in September that 10,000 Syrians will be allowed entry next year.”
Thirty-one states (30 of which have Republican governors) have either voiced disagreement with, or taken steps to shut down entry of Syrian refugees.
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Do you believe that Syrian refugees pose a potential national security risk? Or are you on the side with Mike Rawlings?