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Syrian Refugees Turned Away

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Refugees of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria wait for food and supplies.

Refugees of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria wait for food and supplies.

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Refugees of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria wait for food and supplies.

Alexis Hines, Staff Reporter

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Refugees continue to search for safe havens. The situation in Syria worsens as most European Countries turn them away. President Barack Obama is allowing 10,000 refugees into the country over the next year. However, this is not enough for presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, while it is too much for some of the nation’s governors.

More than half the nation’s government is opposed to the acceptance of Syrian refugees. Though it will ultimately turn into a federal decision, 31 states are voting against allowing Syrians into the country for refuge. House Speaker Paul Ryan has made it clear that his legislature is working hard to ensure that terrorists aren’t coming in with these refugees. “We cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion,” he said at a press conference on November 17. “The prudent, the responsible things take a pause in this particular aspect of this refugee program in order to verify that terrorists are not trying to infiltrate the refugee population.”

Mike Huckabee, an Arkansas governor, has spoken against Syrian refugees, saying they have “nefarious purposes.” He told the Washington Post, “Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they just coming because we’ve got cable TV?” He later made the following analogy, “If you have a bag of peanuts, and five of those peanuts are poisoned, would you give it to your child?”

Fear can cause a lot of hesitance in the acceptance of refugees. However, its not just terrorists being kept out, it’s starving children and families that need medical attention and shelter. With the limit of refugees being allowed into the U.S. and other countries, more and more innocent people are dying trying to escape the treacherous conditions and brutality they are surrounded by.

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