Should the US Take in More Refugees or Fewer?
The civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year, has caused more than 4.8 million Syrians to flee the country. The US has committed to taking in 10,000 of these refugees—that’s 1/5 of one percent. Some say the US isn’t doing enough and should open its doors to more refugees. This country is, after all, a nation of immigrants. Others say we risk safety and security by welcoming in more displaced persons. There’s no way to be certain about anyone coming in, refugee or not, and taking in fewer refugees may reduce risk. With millions of refugee lives at stake, we must ask ourselves: should the US take in more refugees, or fewer?