Religious groups push U.S. to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees

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Slovakia ministry says it will take 200 of the hundreds of thousands of refugees, chiefly Muslim, in Turkey and Italy. Picture taken August 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Slovakia ministry says it will take 200 of the hundreds of thousands of refugees, chiefly Muslim, in Turkey and Italy. Picture taken August 10, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Groups pushing for this include the Church World Service, representing 37 Christian denominations, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and the Jewish refugee assistance agency HIAS.

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  • liz madden

    I can take a refugee family. We took tens of thousands of refugees when Saigon fell in 1975 – didn’t put them through reams of red tape – just picked them up in their boats floating in the Pacific. We just did the right thing. Germany’s Chancellor said they’d take half a million refugees. If she’s not worried about terrorists why are we? Doesn’t Obama realize we are creating terrorists by ignoring the plight of these refugees. The real reason Obama won’t agree to take any refugees is that he is an isolationist who just wants to take care of folks at home. Well, he’s not speaking for me or millions more Americans. Let’s all of us call, email, write our representatives and demand that Obama let them in.

  • Bernardo

    Take in 100,000 potential terrorists? Give us a break!! Tis a Muslim issue. Let the Saudis and the Iranians take care of it.

  • Bring 500,000 of these people to the USA NOW!

    There is no excuse for letting these highly skilled, awesome people suffer and die where they are. They will be great American citizens. I have room for an extra family in my home and would welcome them just as the Atheist countries are doing: Austria, Germany, Norway….!

    America needs to step up. This bigoted, isolationist, Christian fear-mongering is depraved and unworthy of America.

  • Bernardo

    “highly skilled” ? Give us a break!! Skills in how to kill people is more like it.

  • Bernardo,

    No. You are lumping all Muslims together as if they are ISIS.

    These people are running away from Islamic Fundamentalists – that is why they are desperate. That is what is causing the migration.
    And yes, Syrians are particularly well-educated because the Assad Regime insisted on secular education in Syria for several decades.

    Many of these fleeing Islamic countries are professionals from the top tier of secular parts of their societies – I would have no problem having them live in my neighborhood or in my house.

  • Larry

    The last time America turned away refugees for being the “wrong religion” they sent tens of thousands of people to be murdered by the Nazis. Including the extended family of some of my ancestors.

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007094
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis

  • J Stratford

    They are extremists. There are barely any children or women. Just a bunch of undercover terrorists shouting allahu akhbar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2rmA9A7CEM

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  • Kathleen Andersen

    I am with you, Yes it seems harsh but do we take a religious war and bring it to our country? These people aren’t going to change their beliefs and we don’t need it here.

  • Roger

    Let them convert to Christianity (any form) – even nominally – and I’ll take them in. To prove their conversion let them get sprinkled with baptismal water, eat a ham sandwich, drink a glass of wine/beer (adults only) and solemnly curse their Prophet and Holy Book.