Target: Representative Peter King, New York
Goal: Grant Syrian war refuges admittance into the U.S.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian war refugees have fled their country where ISIS, a known terrorist cell currently at war with the U.S., is decimating the land. The U.S. started and funds the war against terror, still sending troops to fight it, despite President Obama’s promise to pull out of the Middle East. We’ll fight the war, but when it comes to helping its refugees, New York Representative Peter King feels the best approach is to turn our backs from the issue.
King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, feels that opening our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS terror will bring terrorists into the country. This boggles the mind considering that Homeland Security was enacted after 9/11 to increase the government’s ability to track down and prevent terrorism within the United States. In fact, many Homeland Security measures have been criticized as being too invasive. Edward Snowden revealed to the world exactly how much our personal records are being tracked by the federal government under the premise of “Homeland Security.”
King wants us to believe that while the government is capable of infiltrating our personal data, it cannot properly document Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the States. With the billions of tax dollars spent on Homeland Security, one would certainly hope that we are capable of properly filtering in those who really need our help—those who are the victims of a war we are currently fighting. Yet King declares, “… we have to find a way to vet them.” I’m sorry? What is Homeland Security funding going toward?
Demand Representative King and the Homeland Security Committee help Syrian refugees. Yes, we do need to fight the war against terror, but not at the cost of turning our backs on the very people left homeless and devastated by that war.
Dear Representative King,
While I understand your concern that opening our borders to thousands of Syrian refugees does present the possibility of ISIS and other terrorist cells infiltrating the country, it would seem to me that after funding Homeland Security for 13 years, we would have good idea of how to properly vet refugees coming into our country.
The Syrian people are under ISIS fire, and our government has pledged to fight this terrorist cell. We cannot help the Syrians by fighting only; we must do as our European brethren are doing and allow the refugees asylum within U.S. borders. Their country is war torn and decimated, and we are turning our backs on their safety. The U.S. has always prided itself in being a melting pot of numerous cultures, and the Syrian people should not be ignored because of an unfounded rationale.
It is your responsibility as an elected official and Homeland Security Committee member to ensure that we have the adequate means to screen those seeking entry in the U.S. properly, and you’re saying you don’t. This is unacceptable. We’ve been doing this for centuries.
We are contributing to the war torn Middle East, and we cannot turn our backs on the victims of our war against terror. Allow the Syrian people to find refuge in the United States. We cannot continue to refuse entrance of these war victims.
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