Pros and Cons of Middle East Refugees Coming to America
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”#middleeast #refugees” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Millions of Middle East refugees are fleeing or have fled Middle Eastern countries because of wars, ISIS and terrorism and economic crisis.[/clickandtweet] The countries they’ve turned to are torn between compassion and fear that some of the refuges may in fact be undercover terrorists. And so the borders are closing.
The outcome: Middle East refugees are having a difficult time whether they are in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan or elsewhere. Their sheer numbers have caused some European leaders to limit the number of Middle East refugees who enter their countries. In some cases doors have completely shut. While the refugee problem is not as acute in America, the refugee situation nevertheless raises concerns about national security, terrorism, health issues, disease, finances and assimilation. Concerns over fraud and welfare costs and terrorism are also very real.
Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss Middle East refugees are:
- Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker: Dean, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University; Ambassador to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Iraq. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- Hind Jarrah, PhD.: Executive Director, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.
- Donna Duvin: Executive Director, U.S. Programs, Dallas; International Rescue Committee.
- A.J. Irwin: Former Federal Agent, ICE Homeland Operations, Central Region.
This is a particularly difficult issue as most Americans are by nature compassionate towards their fellow man and woman regardless of their country of origin or other unique characteristics. On this program we attempt to weigh humanitarian concerns against those of terrorism.
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