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Senate Dems Block Syrian Refugee Bill In Dispute Over Trump Muslim Ban. Roger Algase

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The Washington Post reports that on January 20, Senate Democrats blocked a vote on a Republican bill (S. 2284) which would have put a temporary hold on admission of Syrian refugees while imposing such strict requirements for security clearances as to put in doubt whether any Syrian refugees would ever be able to qualify for admission.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D - Nevada) had offered to allow a vote on the bill if the Republicans agreed to add an amendment that would have required a Senate vote on whether or not to approve Donald Trump's proposed ban on all Muslim immigrants and visitors to the US. The Republican leadership refused this deal and the Democrats accordingly filibustered the bill.

There were not enough votes to end the filibuster.

Reid said that the Senate refugee bill:

"scapegoats refugees who are fleeing war and torture instead of creating real solutions to keep Americans safe."

Reid added:

"Republicans are creating a terrible distraction for the sake of embracing the hateful rhetoric and vitriol of the Republican party's standard bearer, Donald Trump."

Another amendment which the Democrats wanted to add to the refugee bill but which the Republicans refused to agree to would have prevented people whose names appear on terrorist watch lists from buying guns and explosives.

The two differing approaches toward security are based on different assumptions. The Senate refugee bill and Trump's proposed temporary but indefinite ban on allowing any Muslim non-US citizens to enter the US are based on the proposition that the best way to keep the American people safe is to bar hundreds of thousands of innocent refugees who are fleeing terror and persecution rather than promoting it, or else make more than a billion people ineligible to enter this country solely because of their religious beliefs, without any showing of possible terror connections, in order to stop the bad few from coming to the United States.

The other approach is to focus on protecting America by keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of the real (or at least suspected) terrorists, not making scapegoats of people whose ethnicity or religion may be unpopular with some segments of the American public but who present no discernable danger to this country. It remains to be seen which approach would be more in keeping with the goals of protecting America's safety and America's values as a country of tolerance, humanity and religious freedom.

The issue is not primarily how many individuals of a certain religious background or from a certain part of the world may be allowed to enter the United States in any given visa status.

The real issue is whether, in a time of stress, America will adhere to the core principles of freedom, democracy and equality of all people on which this nation was founded, or whether it will let itself be taken over by the forces of nativism, xenophobia, exclusion and intolerance, under the mantle of safety and security.

The Washington Post story is entitled:

Republicans beat back attempt to hold vote on Muslim ban proposal.

I do not have the link, but the story can be accessed through Google.


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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different countries and ethnic/religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards.

His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 01-21-2016 at 12:28 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Great news Roger! Always pleasant to see how Democrats are committing political suicide during the election year and push Donalt Trump to his presidency. Good job!

    Meanwhile some more news about the people who Democrats want to shove down the throat of hardworking US taxpayer Need to educate the masses You are allowed to delete this post at will.


    Thirteen Year-Old German Girl Kidnapped and Serially Gangraped for 30 Hours"

    "Muslim Refugee Kicks Woman in the Face, Breaks Her Cheekbone, When She Resists Rape"

    "Welcome party for Cologne refugees turned into mass groping"

    "16 y.o. girl found unconscious and raped in a playground in Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany"

    "17 y.o. girl molested by migrant inside a bus in D?lken, Germany (Google translated)."

    "Woman robbed and molested by 5 migrants in Oldenburg, Germany (Google translated) "

    "Cleaning ladies sexually harassed at refugee center in Ludwigsfelde, Germany (Google translated)."

    "Two refugees prosecuted for assaulting two girls in the Netherlands, parents fear police cover-up ( Google translate ) "

    "German leisure centre becomes the first to ban all migrants after a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in a public swimming pool by Syrian teenagers"

    "Syrian and Afghan migrant boys sexually assaulted three girls at Austrian school "
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    There are an estimated one million Middle Eastern and North African refugees in Germany. If the above is all that you can find on them, they would seem to be a pretty law abiding lot.

    But even assuming that all half million or so men are rotten apples, what would be wrong with letting some of the women and children, who are the most vulnerable to terror at the hands of ISIS or Assad, into the US?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Nothing wrong with letting in women and children. Except that it is not going to happen.
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