Despite tension amid the recent Paris attacks, refugees are still looking for a place to settle from their war-torn country. The process isn’t easy, and it seems like one of the best options for families left in dismay during the tremulous times in Syria. The admissions process takes somewhere between 18 and 24 months according to The Guardian.
Once admitted past the State Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Defense Department, Syrians are relocated in the United States in usually low populated towns. Centers are available to aid these new citizens in acclimating and surviving as well.
But the recent attacks in Paris left an odd taste in many Americans’ mouths, sensing Isis and refugees were to blame according to many media outlets. Given the current prejudice of Muslims and Arab looking people in the United States, this media blaming only made it worse.
Currently, Texas, California, and Michigan hold the most refugees. But with the Obama Administration looking to up the influx of refugees by 15,000 (per the Blaze and multiple other sources), the displacement could change.
And the situation only gets more difficult for lawmakers as a multitude of politicians are against bringing in more refugees. Politicians across the spectrum have been skeptical of refugees, partly from the confusion in Paris on whether or not the attackers were actually refugees.
The United States of America has a long history of having an open heart in accepting refugees; an example is the acceptance of Jews during the Holocaust. Many politicians argue though that Americans cannot let refugees take advantage of the nation’s kindness.
As most people reading this article won’t understand the travesties of living in a war-torn nation, readers can only try to sympathize with those affected. Coming to America isn’t an easy option, and it might even be the hardest. According to UNICEF, half of the refugees coming over are children, meaning they must travel to a foreign place on their own with little to no assistance.
And it is not as if the refugees simply hopped on a plane; the vetting process as aforementioned takes roughly two years. Families must do what is right for their family and future, even though it might seem difficult. And these refugees aren’t just sitting around benefitting off government aid.
According to the Huffington Post, “Syrian refugees often must work to live, and most do have a job.” With Michigan being one of the states open to refugees, roughly 10,000 citizens are now of Arab decent. NBC News noted that other refugees from Saudi Arabia felt out of place when they first moved in.
In a nation founded by refugees and foreigners, it seems a bit hypocritical to deny their presence, but only time will tell.