Syrian refugees: Sanctuary YES, tax-funding no.

The Syrian refugees are fleeing three things...

  • ISIS
  • Bombs dropped to fight ISIS
  • Bombs dropped to fight Syria’s dictator, Assad

The United States of America shares responsibility for all three things...

This is what the refugees are fleeing -- conditions the United States created.

But we can be even more precise about who is responsible for this crisis. If you...

  • Supported the Iraq invasion
  • Supported the idea of overthrowing the Assad government in Syria
  • Voted for either of the last two presidents ( Bush and Obama) then...

You share responsibility for the Syrian refugee crisis.

Now please notice...

People who supported the policies that created this crisis also tend to oppose letting Syrian refugees come to America.

This is evil piled upon evil. Here’s what justice requires...

Those who supported the policies that created the Syrian refugee crisis must now make amends. They should quit doing bad things and start doing good things. Most importantly, they must come to the aid of those they helped victimize -- the Syrian refugees. In short...

The U.S. made this mess, so the U.S. must take the lead in fixing it.

This means that the Syrian refugees must be given sanctuary, no matter what happens with the issue of how they’re supported once they get here. The existence of tax-funded support for such refugees is NOT a sufficient excuse for stranding people the U.S. victimized. Nevertheless...

The best position, both morally and practically, is to support sanctuary while also opposing tax-funded support for those refugees. That’s the position Downsize DC is taking...

Syrian immigration yes. Tax funded support no.

But we want to go further than that. We want to ask Congress to...

  • Accept voluntary donations to support the incoming refugees
  • Allow American citizens and charities to sponsor Syrian individuals and families

We think it would be good for the Feds to start learning how to operate using voluntary funding, rather than violence-based taxation.

What about the increased risk of terrorism from the Syrian refugees?

This is an obvious concern, but it doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. There’s never been a U.S. terrorist attack committed by someone who came here as a refugee. All previous attacks were committed by U.S. citizens, or by people who came here with legal visas.

That could change, but even then it wouldn’t matter. We don’t punish innocent people because of what bad people do. We wouldn’t imprison or deport you because someone on your block committed a crime. All human rights are pre-constitutional and inalienable. Syrians have the same right to the presumption of innocence that you do. We need to stop being hypocrites and start defending our principles.

In addition, victimizing people, and then denying them sanctuary, is more likely to promote terrorism rather than prevent it. We’ve already done far too many things that promote terrorism. It’s time to stop.

What about screening?

Refugees are screened. The process takes 18 to 24 months. But it’s pretty much a game of “playing pretend.” Think about it...

Refugees come from broken societies. From where does the background information come in such cases? Can we get it from the Assad government for the Syrians? It’s ridiculous. We’re essentially at war with Assad. And even if screening could actually work, would-be terrorists would simply bypass the process and enter the country by other means. Again, think about it...

Someone who’s willing to die in a terrorist attack isn’t going to worry about being arrested for travelling without papers. And if we can’t keep drugs out of our prisons we aren’t going to keep bad people out of our country. We need to grow-up, and stop believing in fairy stories. Screening is pointless. It just wastes money and holds innocent people against their will. But here’s something that could work...

If we let people come here, and treat them with respect, they may inform on the bad people in their community. But this is unlikely to happen as long we treat all Muslims like terrorists, and innocent people as if there were guilty.

A final point....

Many Americans like to sneer at the French. We call them cowards and “surrender monkeys.” But France is taking in 30,000 Syrian refugees while the U.S. is taking in none. That’s embarrassing. We call ourselves the “home of the brave,” but that’s just empty bragging. We are increasingly a nation of cowards. We tremble before the slightest risk. It’s time to grow a backbone.

Tell Congress to do the following...

  • Let the Syrian refugees come here.
  • Accept voluntary donations to support them (don’t use tax-funding)
  • Allow American citizens and charities to sponsor Syrian individuals and families

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Allow Syrian refugees to come here. Accept voluntary donations to support them (don’t use tax-funding). Allow American citizens and charities to sponsor Syrian individuals and families.
   
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