Accepting Syrians

Emily Walton, Staff Writer

Barefoot and malnourished, young Syrian children take their roles as adults in their makeshift communities. Knowing nothing other than war and refugee camps, their childhoods are stolen. Their parents’ dreams of a better life for their kids, a stable and safe life. But this dream falters with the difficulty of finding refuge from their war-torn country. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We as Americans, have the resources and experiences to assist and welcome the Syrian refugees as they fight to live in their crumbling country.

Not only are Syrian refugees struggling to survive in meager camps and city-streets, they are finding little to no shelter in neighboring countries. This is evident with nations such as Germany, Turkey, and Sweden nearing their max capacity with refugees (800,000, 1.9 million and 65,000 taken in), while Syria’s neighboring countries Greece and Bulgaria are closing their borders and increasing their security measures to keep refugees out. This is causing the Syrians to lose hope for shelter and this is why we need to step in and accept more refugees into the states.

Even with the uncertainty of housing Syrians, we can see in past times of crisis that we were capable of taking in large amounts of refugees during the early and late 1980s. These past instances had no obvious harmful effects and showed us that we were flexible with the housing additional population.

With the closing borders and everyday fears, refugees still have to face judgment and false assumptions from countries wary of the Syrians’ true intentions.

The Syrian refugees want to flee, because they’re in a war that shows no signs of ending, they’re slipping into poverty and their children have no way to obtain an education. These reasons are only some of the many motives for why the refugees want to leave their home, not to spread hate or terrorism as portrayed by mainstream media. To ease these misleading fears, the US and UN are thorough with screening refugees, putting them through rigorous criminal and terrorist databases to search for affiliations.

“Defeating ISIS involves projecting American ideals to the world. [Those] who reject these fleeing war and persecution abandon our ideals and instead project our fears to the world,” the Council of American Islamic Relations stated.

From the insecurity of a home to the uncertainty of the future, the Syrian refugees continue to fight their isolation daily. We need think of how we can effectively handle and help mend the situation at hand. We need to face our responsibilities as a powerful and free nation in the world and welcome the refugees of a fearful and war-torn nation into our country.