This post from last week pretty much covers my feelings about the anti-refugee hysteria that has seen some shameful reactions from many in this country.
Yesterday the House of Representatives voted by a substantial majority to severely tighten the screening process for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. According to the New York Times, Congress voted 287-137 (with 47 Democrats joining the Republicans) for a bill that “would require that the director of the F.B.I., the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence confirm that each applicant from Syria and Iraq poses no threat.”
From what I read elsewhere, such confirmation is nearly impossible, and would either stop the incursion of Syrian refugees cold or slow it to a trickle. This form of certification could take many years for even one individual, much less the thousands that President Obama wants to accept. Obama promises to veto the House bill, but Congress can override such a veto with a 2/3 vote, and 287/424 is 68%, slightly more than enough to cancel a veto. (One hopes that at least a few Democrats will defect.) The bill hasn’t…
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