Target: Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader
Goal: Don’t deny Syrian refugees asylum in the U.S.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, the House of Representatives passed a bill potentially blocking Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the country, despite President Obama’s promise to allow fleeing war victims U.S. asylum. Harry Reid, the Senate’s minority leader, has vowed to block the bill, and we must stand in solidarity with him, as many of these refugees are widows and orphans fleeing their war-torn nation.
Contrary to Republicans’ contention that the U.S. needs a greater refugee vetting process, which they are using to back the bill, FBI Director James Comey states the FBI has adequate measures in place to screen refugees. One would hope that 15 years after 9/11, our country does have adequate security measures. If not, our taxpayer dollars have been wasted on the invasive Homeland Security program.
In the words of our president, “We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic.” Not all Syrian and Iraqi refugees pose a threat to U.S. soil. Demand the Senate overturn the House of Representatives’ bill to limit Syrian refugees from entering our nation.
Dear Minority Leader Reid,
I stand in solidarity with your intended block of the House of Representatives’ bill that limits Syrian and Iraqi war refugees from entering the United States. If we are not able to vet those entering our country with the national security measures placed after 9/11, then we are in a very sorry state.
The FBI says it has proper vetting methods to identify refugees posing a threat to our national security. We cannot close our nation’s doors to widows, orphans and innocent war victims out of fear. We not only cave to terrorism scare tactics by doing so, but we also defy the principles upon which our nation was founded.
[Your Name Here]
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