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Without efficient background checks, refugees may be ISIS related.

Without efficient background checks, refugees may be ISIS related.

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Without efficient background checks, refugees may be ISIS related.

Tim Keuchler, Managing Editor

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In a post 9/11 world, or, more recently, a society after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the topic of terrorism has continued to remain on the minds of Americans who fear the possibility of an act of violence on the freedom of our country. However, with the most recent attacks fresh in the minds of these Americans, the entrance of Syrian refugees into the United States should be strictly prohibited to ensure the safety of our people.

Following the attacks on Paris on November 13 that killed over 120 people and left over 360 others injured, at least one of the fifteen perpetrators involved in the attack was revealed to be a Syrian refugee that fled to Paris, according to CNN. This person, along with the fourteen others, were involved in the rising terrorist group ISIS. This ignited the argument on whether or not the United States should shelter immigrants fleeing Syria.  Ultimately, the majority of reasons for the massive amount of immigration is because of violence, a collapsed infrastructure, and the safety of children, according to WorldVision.org.

For many reasons, Syrians should not be allowed to enter the country while fleeing the violence of their own soil. Although many may be innocent people, we should not take the risk of offering the refugees our land and hospitality because of the possibility of ISIS infiltration. As the world learned in Paris, they can easily find people of their kind and plan an act of terror.

In addition, there is also no way to know who exactly the refugees are and what background they are coming from because there seems to be no way to find out; there is no one to call nor is there anybody to get information from as to who the evacuees are. Because of this, the Syrians entering our country could have been members of ISIS in the past or could be current members; thus, there would be  no way of knowing their true identities.

Floridian senator and current presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio, agrees and voiced his opinion on ABC’s “This Week,” according to dailycaller.com.

“The problem is not the background checks,” Rubio said. “The problem is we can’t background check them. You can’t pick up the phone and call Syria. And that’s one of the reasons why I said we won’t be able to take more refugees. It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t.”

This issue, though, is not just a national issue, it is a local one as well. After word began circulating on social media that Syrian refugees would seek new homes in Amityville, just one town away from Massapequa, it was later confirmed to be true on amityville.com which states that 10-15 Syrian families will soon be residents of the town.

Congressman Peter King highly disagrees with this proposal in a letter he wrote to President Barack Obama, urging him to stop the admission of Syrian refugees into the US.

“The recent terror attacks in Paris have shown the extent ISIS’s brutality and ability to conduct a major attack in the West,” King said in the letter. “There is no denying that the current process through which the United States screens and admits Syrian refugees presents ISIS with an opportunity to transport operatives to carry out attacks in the United States.”

Unfortunately, it looks like those who oppose an influx of Syrian refugees, including Rubio and King, are facing an uphill battle with the fight to suspend the runaways. On November 25, a letter to the states from the Obama administration informed the states that they did not have the legal authority to deny the refugees from entering, and, any states that didn’t follow would be enforced to do so. With that, Obama has a goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country within the next year, according to Fox News.

All in all, what’s to say that something that happened in Paris, which occurred in part because of a Syrian refugee, can’t happen on Long Island, or even worse, Massapequa. Because of this, Syrian refugees should not be permitted to flee to the United States.

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