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Letter: Rethinking Refugee Resettlement Program

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Dear Editor,

Reasonable, compassionate people, and many experts who work with refugees, agree that victims of the Islamic Caliphate, perpetrated by Islamists in the Middle East, need help.

However, the incidents in Paris on November 13, 2015, clearly demonstrate the inherent dangers of allowing compassion to override prudence. It’s now apparent, even to the most zealous proponents of refugee resettlements, that Islamic jihadists are concealing themselves among those refugees.

Consequently, any “help” should come in the form of temporary assistance, and a secure living environment in their native countries, or in a neighboring country, until they are able to return safely to their homes.

Current efforts to vet refugees from the Middle East are woefully inadequate and completely ineffective.

Experts from the FBI and NSA say there is simply no reliable way to accomplish that task successfully. As a result, some of those refugees represent a clear and present danger to us and our communities.

Therefore, for the foreseeable future, the U.S. Congress should deny entry for all refugees, especially those from the Middle East, and demand that the United Nations pursue a more prudent, and less expensive, mechanism for providing safe havens for those fleeing the Islamist fanatics. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should not be creating an imperative, wherein these unfortunate people have to leave their homelands and unique cultures, and travel halfway around the world, to a place with a distinctly different set of values and beliefs. This is wrongheaded, and outrageously expensive. Some say we could provide “local” assistance for 200 refugees for the same cost as transporting one refugee from there to care for him here!

If other countries in their “neighborhood” find it too risky to welcome them for a short stay, shouldn’t we be, at least, as cautious? Paris is tragic evidence of what can happen when vigilance is relaxed, and compassion overrides prudent precautions.

Sincerely,

Ron Tamaccio
Greenville, S.C.

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