Obama asks for empathy in refugee crisis

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Syrian refugees arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos. (AP)

The governors of more than 30 states, most but not all of the Republican, have said the refugees are not welcome there and that they will do all they an to oppose their settlement. “Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America”, Rauner said in a statement.

Obama stressed that warnings that refugees would pose a danger are overblown since people entering the country are thoroughly screened.

The process includes security checks from the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI Terrorist Screening Center, and the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Defense, Henshaw said.

“Unfortunately, in response to the shock of the Paris attacks, a number of U.S. Governors recently announcedthat they want to stop their states from resettling Syrian refugees”, it read.

Mr Abbott claimed that allowing asylum seekers from the war-torn country into the state would jeopardise the safety of Americans. As Americans, we should not simply turn our backs on refugees fleeing the same senseless violence we witnessed in Paris.

US President Barack Obama today delivered a Thanksgiving message in which he compared modern refugees to the pilgrims whom the holiday celebrates, urging Americans to open their arms to the potential immigrants.

In three USA opinion polls published by Bloomberg, NBC News and the Washington Post/ABC News this month, 53 to 56 percent of respondents said no more Syrian refugees should enter. Over 2,200 Syrian refugees have already been resettled into the USA since October of 2010, says the State Department. Syrians have not been a part of North Dakota’s refugee resettlement program in the past.

In the House, lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to erect higher hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The House has passed a bill that would effectively ban Syrian refugees altogether despite the most stringent screening policies in the world.

“Decisions concerning immigration and refugee resettlement are exclusively the province of the federal government, and attempts to pre-empt that authority violate both equal protection and civil rights laws and intrude on authority that is exclusively federal”, said ACLU of IN legal director Ken Falk IN a press release. The U.S. costs primarily include government fees to resettlement groups that pay for refugee housing, transportation and other expenses, as well as welfare payments to refugees themselves.

By: Kristen Ingram

Source: RP

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