TEA PARTY PATRIOT'S VIEW
Syrian Refugee Resettlement
It may seem that the issue of refugee resettlement has zip meaning to the inhabitants of our fair city. The residents of placid Roseburg, OR (population 22,000), probably felt the same about Christian intimidation before a crazy man literally blew away their illusions of peace by targeting Christians for instant martyrdom.
Ditto the runners and spectators of the Boston marathon who never imagined that refugee jihadists were stealthily plotting their demise—just because they were not Muslims.
While it is impossible to prevent death delivered by madmen who kill because of religious extremism, it is possible to put in place federal policies that limit the influx of Muslim extremists through the wide-open refugee doors of the Obama administration.
But are refugees an issue here and now? Pro resettlement activists point to the mostly effective American assimilation of the Irish immigrants in the late 1800's, Italians in the early 1900's, Cubans in the 1960's, Vietnamese in the 1970's, and Mexicans, the largest immigration group in the U.S.
What did all of these immigrants and refugees have in common? They were drawn by the magnet that is America, attracting those who wanted to better themselves by becoming Americans. They wanted what we native-born Americans had—prosperity through freedom.
This was true with my Russian-Polish ancestors who wanted to BE Americans, not just reside in this country.
Fast forward to today's refugee resettlement situation:
So what's the difference between them and the new refugees?
As was pointed out by local patriots speaking about the refugee resettlement problem at the Redlands City Council meeting last Tuesday, mid-eastern countries such as Syria have large populations who hate us.
Yet the Obama administration has pledged to bring in 200,000 refugees from Syria alone in the next two years.
Syrian demographics offer a clue to the problem. Its' citizens are about ninety percent Muslim. The millions of Syrian refugees currently overrunning Europe are not primarily young Muslim families with their elderly parents desperate to save themselves from war. An internet search of photos and videos confirm the statistics—about eighty percent of the so-called refugees are men, most likely Muslim, between 18 and 45 who could be conscripted into the Syrian military.
Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said the U.S. should bar refugees from war-torn Syria because they are "infiltrated" with Muslim extremists who seek to harm America.
"To bring into this country groups infiltrated with jihadists makes no sense," Carson said. "Why would you do something like that? At some point you have to use common sense and judgment."
Fortunately we have a system in place to vet these refugees and weed out jihadists.
Or do we?
Investors Business Daily reports that both Homeland Security and senior FBI officials recently testified to Congress that "they have no idea who these people are, and they can't find out what type of backgrounds they have — criminal, terrorist or otherwise — because there are no vetting opportunities in those war-torn countries."
Despite being the widely acknowledged most generous country on earth, are we also the most gullible? Will our honest desire to aid those less fortunate lead to blindly accepting those who hate us? Will we welcome them into our midst where they can cause us harm? The record is not in our favor:
Since one of the voluntary agencies hired by the Obama administration to resettle these refugees is located in San Bernardino, and since they resettle the refugees within a hundred mile radius of the agency office, Redlands could be the next area for resettlement.
We Redlanders and all Americans need to stand up with "common sense and judgment" with an emphatic "No!" to Syrian refugee resettlement.
It's time to bar the doors against jihadi infiltration.
Marilyn Snyder has a Master's Degree in Systems Analysis from USC. She is a member of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots.