The American national anthem ends with the America Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, but the recent events seems to prove otherwise. Many Republican candidates for the white house as well as the leadership in the Congress have become so afraid of orphan children, widows, and the old people who have fled their homeland, Syria, so to be free of the wars, terrorism and devastation, causing them to make statements as well as introducing bills to the Congress which is contrary to the American motto.
Among the dead terrorists in France, police found a Syrian passport, which might be a fake passport, leading to speculation that the terrorists came from Syria. As the result, these groups of American politicians are running scared and introducing bills that effectively stop any chances for the refugees from Syria or Iraq could ever coming to the USA.
The irony is that the same group of the politicians used to talk tough against ISIS and making statements as how to defeat ISIS before the attacks in Paris, France. Now these politicians have turned their attention to the destitute refugees and blaming them for the attacks in Paris and making accusations that they came from Syria, never mind that most of them if not all were either borne or raised in Belgium or France, i.e. home grown terrorists.
If one remembers after the tragedy of September 11, 2001 many political leaders keep saying that these colors do not run, referring to the colors on the American flag. The irony is that with their recent actions they are proving otherwise. These so called tough talking politicians have become so scared of the events of Paris, France that they have decided to ignore and abandon the American values, the values that built the USA and made it the bastion of freedom.
The inscription on the Statute of Liberty has not worn out, nor being faded out which clearly states
” give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest tot to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
These politicians are in effect telling these refugees, who have gone through so much pain and leaving everything behind except the cloths on their bodies in hope of going to Europe or to the USA so to provide some meaningful life for their children and themselves, are being told forget about the USA and the inscriptions on the Statute of Liberty.
These are the same groups that keep bragging that the USA is super power and must attack ISIS and any other groups or countries that may pose a threat to the USA, but yet they are afraid of the refugees.
The bill that just was passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives imposes some of the most outrageous and impossible conditions for having any Syrian or Iraqi refugees enter into the USA. Under this bill if it becomes law, not only it would extend the current timeline of 24 months or so to a much longer, but also imposes the duty that all top officials from the three intelligence agency personally guarantee that the refugee is no threat to the USA. How ridiculous this demand is? How can they expect the official at the agency to provide such assurances?
The same politicians are not afraid of US citizens buy guns and gun down masses of innocent people which clearly is an act of terrorism. They have no problem with mass shooting and killings of innocent youngsters at the school. The same groups have no problem promoting gun sales throughout the US causing killings of innocent people. Over 30,000 people are killed in the US by guns each year, but yet these groups have no problem with that. But when 129 people are gunned down in Europe, these groups yell “bloody murder” and are willing to go to war and change the image and character of the US by barring the refugees to enter the country.
Also another irony is that the terrorists do not need to come to the US by mingling with the refugees, all they have to do buy a plane ticket and get a visitor visa and enter in the US as millions of other foreigners do each year. Why should a potential terrorist wait over 24 months and go through some of the most arduous vetting in order to come to the USA, while all he/she has to do is to apply for a US visitor visa and get a plane ticket to come to America.
As stated earlier, it takes between 18 to 24 month to vet each refugee before he or she is allowed to enter the US are allowed to enter the US. That does not work with a potential terrorist. The US is planning to accept 30,000 Syrian refugees within the next 2 years, but given the current situation, it may take much longer or not at all.
America needs and must stand firm by her character and never turn her back on the refugees, after all this is how this country was built, by refugees. Any changes in the US values means that ISIS has won and will encourage them to take more bold action against the West.
America must show that these colors do not run and she is Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.