Missing the Point When it Comes to Refugees

FAIR_blueAmerica continues to take our fair share of refugees from all the world’s conflicts. But opening the floodgates to hundreds of thousands more refugees could spell disaster for our country’s security and economy.

As officials mull over whether to “do more” about the Syrian refugee crisis, they cannot ignore the real threat of ISIS using this situation to infiltrate our country. Yet, President Obama seems prepared to accept thousands of Syrians into the U.S.

With your support today, FAIR will reach and educate wider audiences of Americans, who will in turn support our fight to restore common sense to America’s deeply flawed refugee and immigration policy.

Of course screening refugees and identifying would-be terrorists is incredibly difficult. And inevitably people fall through the cracks, just like the Boston bombers, who received refugee status.

Our nation’s refugee policy has become so warped that virtually anyone can receive “refugee” status. And as you know, many are eager to take advantage of the opportunity to use refuge as a backdoor through which to immigrate.

Of course that defeats the point, which is to help refugees ensure they can return home when conditions permit.

And while the U.S. has contributed more than $4 billion to help the Syrian refugees, wealthy Arab countries continue to turn their backs on migrants in their own backyard. Our elected officials, the American public and members of the media should know:

  • The U.S. is the top donor to refugee aid.
  • The Obama Administration has already agreed to admit 100,000 refugees by 2017, but that number could go much higher.
  • The U.S. already takes in one million immigrants each year.

With your support today, FAIR will closely monitor the government’s refugee screening process and help members of Congress determine the appropriate number of refugees we can support after proper screening checks.

Dan Stein, President

P.S. America’s refugee policy is the most generous in the world but we cannot take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as the Obama Administration has proposed. Help FAIR educate lawmakers in Washington about this important issue and put the brakes on any knee-jerk response to the Syrian refugee crisis that will harm Americans with a donation today!

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    Thousands of Americans have fought, died, and been horribly maimed for life and we have spent trillions of dollars fighting wars with borrowed money in order to prevent another terrorist attack in this country. It is totally unacceptable for our government to allow one person in this country who might potentially try to carry out a terrorist attack here. We can continue to give these people humanitarian assist over in their region of the world, but we cannot risks the lives of Americans by bringing the wrong people into this country.

  2. avatar

    The madness just never stops. So in ObamaLand, future Democrat voters trumps all common sense and rationality.

    This is not the country I grew up in.