For Syrian refugees, faith groups want a US welcome mat

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Syrian refugees line up to receive aid for the winter from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon on November 18, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim
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Syrian refugees line up to receive aid for the winter from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon on November 18, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-REFUGEE-RESETTLE, originally transmitted on Nov. 19, 2015.

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(RNS) Religious groups are pushing back against a wave of opposition toward Syrian refugees and are working to preserve the U.S. as a haven for them.

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  • Larry

    [Paris] Police believe attackers used forged passports to stigmatize refugees
    http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/police-believe-attackers-used-forged-passports-to-stigmatize-refugees-1.2662167

    “Islamic State has frequently said one of its goals is to stop refugees from fleeing Syria by any means possible, and tells refugees they are committing “a major dangerous sin” by attempting to flee the war and entering countries where they will be assimilated or integrated into “Christianity, atheism or liberalism.”

    The group has used photos and video of children who have drowned in its propaganda, telling refugees they are throwing away their “lives and souls” by going to Europe.”

  • It is tragic that all of these VOLAGS are not doing good deeds over there. Rather, they are collecting big bucks (it’s all about the money) engaging in willfully importing potential terrorists, and most certainly hundreds of thousands of intolerant anti-Christian, sharia compliant colonizers whose mission is to destroy our Constitution and adversely affect our culture and way of life by imposing Islam on America.

  • Larry

    The whole, “we are importing ISIS members as refugees” thing is borne largely of ignorance of the situation, intentional hysteria by both conservative politicians and ISIS itself and good old plain, “because their Muslim” animosity.

    It actually makes no sense to bring in terrorists as refugees for a number of reasons. There is up to a 2 year wait while a refugee’s background is being vetted. This makes it difficult to plan operations or make it past authorities. Once they get here they must appear before CIS to explain why they are political refugees in a long, arduous interview process. Because refugees are made permanent resident, there is a high level of scrutiny on them here.

    Tourist visas are much easier to obtain and have far less scrutiny once someone is in the country.

    Plus it is in the interests of ISIS to demonize the refugees and make it more difficult for them to flee to safe democratic nations. Islamaphobes are the best agents ISIS can have.