Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has made his viewpoint regarding Syrian refugees in America known in no uncertain terms. Donald Trump doesn’t want them. If The Donald is voted president, he will not allow refugees across the border.
One might wonder why Donald Trump would refuse them refuge when so many innocents have endured horrid fear and abuse during the war with the Islamic State. The answer is quite simple. Donald Trump does not want the United States to be infiltrated by ISIS members posing as innocent refugees.
This is a real threat, not something imagined or made up by Donald Trump to bar the refugees just for the fun of saying no. ISIS has radicalized people who are already living within the United States. How easy would it be for them to pour across our border with thousands of true refugees?
According to CNN,Donald Trump appeared at a town hall event in New Hampshire yesterday, one day before the scheduled primary in that state. When asked if he could “personally bar” children of Syrian refugees, Donald Trump said he definitely could.
“I can look at their faces and say, ‘Look, you can’t come here.’
“Their parents should always stay with them. But we don’t know where their parents come from. We have no documentation whatsoever. There’s absolutely no way of saying where these people come from.”
The Huffington Post reported Donald Trump’s words in further detail.
“I’ve talked to the greatest legal people, I’ve spoken to the greatest security people. There’s absolutely no way of saying where these people come from. They may be from Syria, they may be ISIS, they may be ISIS-related.”
I have always agreed with Donald Trump on this issue. I have no problem offering shelter for refugees, especially the children, but what do we do when accepting these strangers could very well put our own children at great risk? I, as most of us, would choose the safety of my own child.
I was sitting in the waiting room of the local children’s hospital this week, awaiting an appointment for my son. A mature, well-dressed man and quiet, sweet little girl, around 4-years-old, walked into the room. They were told a translator would be with them as soon as possible.
The man and his daughter were quiet and dignified. She fell asleep with her head resting on his arm. After a while, he tried to communicate with the receptionist. He could speak little English, but was able to communicate that he spoke Somali. Told again to wait, he returned to his seat. We waited over an hour before being called for our appointment. The Somali gentleman and little girl were still waiting for the translator.
This little family touched my heart. I felt sad to think of them in some war torn country, and trying to start a new life in a strange land where communication was limited. I thought of all the Syrian refugees who need asylum.
Having said that, though I feel deeply for the plight of these people, I still agree with Donald Trump. The risk to our children, and indeed our entire country, is too great. Donald Trump expressed feelings for the refugees as well.
“I know what you’re doing and I fully understand it. And we all have a heart.”
Donald Trump’s proposal in lieu of accepting refugees into our country is to create safe areas for them in their own country. This seems to make a lot of sense. While Donald Trump isn’t going to allow them to live here, he truly does want to help them.
“You look at it and you say we have enough problems. I have a bigger heart than anybody in this room. We take an area in Syria… and we build a safe zone.”
While nothing is ever perfect, this plan has the potential to help the refugees while also protecting ourselves, and both points are very important.
Do you agree with Donald Trump’s refugee crisis views?
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