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Refugees Another Casualty of Paris Attacks

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 3:54 pm (UTC-4)
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A group of American governors has declared it will not settle any of the 10,000 Syrian refugees the U.S. government has pledged to accept. But that position only amounts to an empty threat. State governors cannot make such decisions legally.The attempt to refuse refugees, which President Barack Obama described as a “dark impulse,” reflects a sense of fear following the devastating attacks by Islamic State militants across Paris. And it cuts to the heart of America’s historic identity: to be a country that welcomes those in great need whose lives are threatened. Despite the president’s vow to continue that tradition, others are pointing to shocking terrorist attacks at a soccer match, a concert and Parisian cafes as reason to tighten up America’s borders, lest just one terrorist slip by.

The Urgent Need for American ‘Exceptionalism’

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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“Americans have been warned before and responded well to President Franklin Roosevelt’s wise belief that the only thing we have to fear “…is fear itself.” Fear would have us retreat. Fear would have us withdraw a helping hand. Fear would deny hope to those who have none.” Kevin Enochs

America’s Politicians are Feeding the Islamic State Narrative

Posted November 17th, 2015 at 3:27 pm (UTC-4)
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[I]f U.S. politicians define Islam as the problem and cast aspersions on Muslim populations in the West, they are feeding the Islamic State narrative. They are materially undermining the war against terrorism and complicating the United States’ (already complicated) task in the Middle East.

Battered Greece and Its Refugee Lesson

Posted September 21st, 2015 at 9:34 am (UTC-4)
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Greece has made me think about everything statistics don’t tell you. No European country has been as battered in recent years. No European country has responded with as much consistent humanity to the refugee crisis.

The Best Way the US Could Help Syrians: Open the Borders

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 3:03 pm (UTC-4)
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The US’s real shortcoming isn’t an undue hesitancy to help Syrians by dropping bombs. It’s our refusal to let Syrians help themselves by allowing more refugees to move to the United States — a solution that would certainly work, would carry little in the way of short-term financial costs, and that would likely provide a powerful boost […]

The Death of Aylan Kurdi and the Need For a Moral Policy on Refugees

Posted September 4th, 2015 at 10:04 am (UTC-4)
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These refugees and migrants are mostly innocent victims of political failures, from the war in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State to incessant insurgencies and political oppression in Africa. The world should not compound those failures with a moral one.

A Somalian Solution to the Perilous Exodus

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 12:10 pm (UTC-4)
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As long as Somalia’s thousands of young people are stifled by poverty and condemned to hopeless, endless waiting, they will continue to risk their lives seeking better opportunities on the other side of the Mediterranean.

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