Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Accept more Syrian refugees into the United States
With the civil war erupting in Syria, refugees have fled the country in floods. Jordan and Lebanon have taken in 500,000 refugees, Turkey has taken more than 400,000 and Germany has committed to take in 5,000 people. The United Nations expects that the number of refugees fleeing the country will double to 3.2 million by the end of the year. The United States has accepted about 2,000 refugees; the nation should open their arms and allow more to come through.
The civil war conflict in Syria – escalating to a chemical warfare attack on citizens – has forced millions of Syrian citizens to flee the nation. Leaders from the United States, Britain, Russia and China have come together to talk about the state of Syria and what can be done to help citizens. Unfortunately, their talks have resulted in the United States possibly responding with violence. However the U.S. can also help by accepting more refugees into the country. Currently there is an extensive year long screening process for Syrian refugees. There is also a plan that allows Syrian citizens that are currently staying in the United States to prolong their stay and possibly become U.S. citizens. This does not help the refugees that are fleeing the country or staying in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey.
The United States has a huge history of taking in refugees from wars but there is concern that Muslim extremists will take advantage of a lenient refugee program and attack the United States. However many of the refugees from Syria are woman and children who are suffering from injuries. There are others who are diabetic or seeking other such medical treatment that they have no access to and many others are suffering from mental trauma. Turkey is already asking the West to take in refugees, going as far as offering to airlift them out of the country and overseas. The United States is eager to get involved in Syria; instead of resorting to violence they should focus on the refugees.
Dear President Barack Obama,
The United Nations is expecting the number of Syrian refugees to reach 3.2 million by the end of the year. This is a staggering number and other nations surrounding Syria have taken large numbers of these refugees. I am writing this letter to ask you to take in more refugees so nations like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon won’t have to shoulder all of the burden. I realize that there is talk of a retaliation in Syria against their president, however I ask that you think of the refugees first. Many of them are women and children, who are suffering from injuries. There are others who have medical conditions that require treatment and are dying. I understand that you are concerned that these people could pose a threat to the United States if allowed into the country, but other nations have already agreed to accept refugees; we should do the same.
Watching the coverage of this conflict is distressing and it is far more distressing to see other nations responding with violence. I believe that the Syrian citizens are fed up with violence, and wish to live a peaceful life. The United States could offer them that; Turkey has even asked that the West step in and help, going as far as offering to airlift their refugees overseas. Giving refuge to 2,000 refugees is not enough, the U.S. can take in more.
[Your Name Here]
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