For John, BLUF: We need to be active in dealing with refugees. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Writing for The Hill, Jordan Fabian, Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong, tell us "Pressure builds to block refugees".
I can understand how folks can think this way. This was a topic on City Life this morning.
However, this may be something that makes us feel good at the moment, but doesn't actually keep us safer. I expect Daesh♠ can slip terrorist operatives into the US regardless of our refugee resettlement program. So, this is not a solution to our problem, but a feel-good act on the part of politicians.
That said, given the current situation, the voters seem to want a slowdown in immigration. If we do that, then to prevent uncontrolled migration by desperate people from Syria and Iraq will require that the West (the US and Europe, in particular) invest more money in taking care of refugees where they are.
People who have been driven from their homes, who have had relatives and friends murdered by this or that group, whose method of earning a living has been destroyed, who have had co-religious murdered for their faith, will take to the road. The question is where they will end up. At this time there are some 60 million such people displaced from their own homes.
This is another case of pay me now or pay me later.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ For George, ISIS.