By OH & SS
Seeds: Over the past five years, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has become increasingly problematic. The Syrian Civil War started in March of 2011 because of massive unrest over the Assad regime. Pro-democracy protesters rallied after several teenagers were arrested and tortured for tagging a school wall with revolutionary slogans. When the conflict escalated, thousands began fleeing, seeking refuge in Middle-Eastern and European countries, primarily Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Kosovo, Sweden and Lebanon.
Core: The United States has been wary of accepting Syrian refugees, especially after the terror attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, but the Obama Administration is still pushing to accept 10,000 refugees in the fiscal year of 2016. The State Department declared they are determined to accomplish the goal of resettling 10,000 refugees, however there seemed to be a setback, as from October to March, only around 1,200 refugees were accepted. However, especially in the last five weeks, there has been a large increase of refugees taken in compared to the last seven months. In fact, State Department statistics 2,019 Syrian refugees were admitted in the months of May and June compared to the 1,736 admitted in the first seven months of the plan.
Skin: Some in the United States are not only pushing to take in refugees and offer them political asylum, but also to ease the burden on the already highly populated Middle Eastern and European countries that are accepting refugees. However, some voice concerns about the possible risks of accepting Syrian refugees into the States. For example, Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, offered his concerns about the possible influx of terrorist groups entering the country by exploiting the flow of refugees. See his speech about it here.
Leaves: The State Department states that one of the reasons for the delay in taking refugees is the strenuous screening process and background checks that take place to ensure the safety of the American people. In fact, Syrian refugees are undergoing rigorous background check unlike any other travelers or immigrants to the U.S. Despite this, it seems that the Obama Administration’s plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees is getting back on track.
Food for thought: Do you think that the United States should take in refugees? Do you think we are turning them away due to Islamophobia? What about European countries? Should we be accepting more refugees in order to lighten the load on the Middle-Eastern countries? Tell us what you think.