In the United States and Canada, both President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have discussed plans to accept Syrian refugees into their country.
According to CNN, Obama plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refuges by the end 2016; however, President Obama is facing resistance from governors who do not want to accept refugees into their states. Coincidentally or not, most of these governors who resist Obama’s plan are Republican. Perhaps this issue is an excuse for the Republicans to give Obama and the Democrats a hard time. Ashley Fantz and Ben Brumfield from CNN reported the following:
“States protesting the admission of refugees range from Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire. Among these 31 states, all but one have Republican governors.
The announcements came after authorities revealed that at least one of the suspects believed to be involved in the Paris terrorist attacks entered Europe among the current wave of Syrian refugees. He had falsely identified himself as a Syrian named Ahmad al Muhammad and was allowed to enter Greece in early October….
…’American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck put it this way: ‘Legally, states have no authority to do anything because the question of who should be allowed in this country is one that the Constitution commits to the federal government.’ But Vladeck noted that without the state’s participation, the federal government would have a much more arduous task.
‘So a state can’t say it is legally objecting, but it can refuse to cooperate, which makes thing much more difficult.’ “
We can only hope that once Syrian refugees are accepted into the states, no ISIS terrorists make it into the country hidden among the Syrian refugees.
In Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau announced his plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada by January 1, but he has recently changed the deadline to allow more time. Paul Newton from CNN reported the following:
“25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada within three months, giving top priority to those who are a lower security risk.
Single unaccompanied men will be excluded from the government resettlement program for now. However, government officials say those individuals can still apply to come to Canada through private sponsorship programs or could possibly be resettled through a government-sponsored program later in 2016….
…his government decided it would be best to do all security checks on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey before allowing refugees to board planes to Canada.”
‘It would allow Canadians to be more reassured. Like I said, we want these families arriving to be welcomed, not feared,’ he said during an interview Tuesday with the CBC.”
The old plan seemed impractical, but even still, three months to process 25,000 security checks in the Middle East amounts to around 278 people per day. Perhaps that is too many.
Hopefully the security checks will be thorough, as even one mistake could lead to bad consequences later on. In addition, one has to question if Canada and the U.S. are economically prepared to handle tens of thousands more people? Let’s hope so.