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Islamophobia, Not Security, Keeps Syrians Out of US. By Roger Algase

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This post will continue the comments in my previous two posts concerning the connection between the rise of Islamophobia and the widespread opposition to letting more than a token number of the 4 million Syrian refugees who have fled the twin horrors of Assad's murderous dictatorship, torture prisons, chemical weapons and barrel bombs on the one hand, and the beheadings and crucifixions carried out by the fanatical ISIS jihadist madmen on the other.

The game of blaming the mainly Muslim victims of the atrocities carried out by both of the main sides in the Syrian war can be carried to irrational extremes, as shown by a commentator to my previous posts. He (or she) writes that because the Boston marathon bombings were carried out by two Muslim brothers, one a US citizen and the other a legal resident, who had come to the US as refugees when they were children, all of the 4 million Syrian refugees must be security threats and potential mass murderers.

An only slightly less extreme version of the "Syrian refugee = terrorist" line appears in a September 9 breitbart.com article criticizing Donald Trump, of all people, for being open to taking in at least a few Syrian refugees. breitbart.com writes:

"Last night, Trump didn't elaborate further on how many [Syrian] refugees he would allow into the country, how he would pay for such a thing, or any concerns about national security.

Islamic terrorists are infamous for exploiting the chaos of refugee crises as a way to sneak into other
countries."

http://www.breitbart.com/big.government/2015/09/09/you-have-to-trump-would-allow-syrian-refugees-into-america

A more rational look at the refugee crisis will show that the notion that Syrians fleeing war and terror in their own country are likely to pose a threat to the United States is a product of Islamophia and anti-immigrant hysteria, not of rational considerations.

Concerning the canard that the two Boston bombers who came to the US as refugees from Chechnya when they were children and later became radicalized in the United States represent the views of 4 million Syria refugees, Shikha Dalmia of the libertarian site reason.org, who also writes for Boomberg View and the WSJ (she also has appeared on Fox Business Network and MSBNC, among other networks), writes:

"Given that America has been admitting 70,000 refugees annually, these examples suggest not a cause for alarm but the opposite. If anything, they prove that refugees are less prone to mass violence than other groups."

See: The Bogus Security Concerns Driving America's Paralysis on Syrian Refugees: America's loss is Germany's gain

https://reason.com/archives/2015/09/...s-driving-amer

She also writes:

"Asylum seekers have always been subject to the most rigorous screening of all prospective immigrants...making this route a particularly bad bet for terrorists to sneak in. Middle Eastern refugees face extra burdens and extra layers of multi-agency scrutiny...It would be far easier for terrorists to enter as tourists - or via smuggling networks."


To be continued:


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Updated 09-22-2015 at 09:42 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    What a nice group of people you are advocating to bring in to this country.....And even more - you want the taxpayers to pay up to bring these people and put them on welfare and Medicaid....

    A blonde Danish teenager who murdered her mother after watching ISIS' sickening filmed beheadings of British hostages has been jailed along with her older jihadi lover. Lisa Borch was aged only 15 when in October last year she spent hours on YouTube watching footage of the savage decapitations of David Haines and Alan Henning. Afterwards she and her radical Muslim boyfriend Bakhtiar Mohammed Abdulla, 29, took a long-bladed kitchen knife and stabbed her mother Tina R?mer Holtegaard at least 20 times at the home they shared in rural Kvissel.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3235062/Blonde-Danish-teenager-15-murdered-mother-kitchen-knife-watching-ISIS-videos-beheading-British-hostages-online.html#ixzz3mTtmYogS
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Exactly! That is why the Syrian refugees are fleeing from ISIS. You object when Europeans get their head cut off by ISIS-crazed lunatics, but at the same time you blame Middle Eastern people for fleeing to other countries so the same thing won't happen to them, as it has to so many other ISIS victims, many of them Muslims.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. JoGoDant's Avatar
    It's unfair to tar the people that disagree with letting more migrants in. Some of it may be rooted in bigotry but many countries simply cannot cope with the numbers coming in. It might be fine for an attorney at law to have an extra 1,000 low-skilled people move into his neighbourhood, but it's not as nice for people that have to compete with those immigrants for jobs, houses, school places and hospital beds.

    As well as this, all of the evidence shows that middle eastern immigrants commit certain crimes at a higher rate than natives. Forcible rape is one of these crimes. I don't want my daughter to pay the price for whatever is going on thousands of miles away.
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