As Congress prepares to submit legislation pausing the immigration of any Syrian refugees following the Paris terror attacks, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the Senate floor to urge the Congress to reverse course.
Sen. Durbin has been vocal in the past that the U.S. needs to do more to take in Syrians fleeing civil war and terrorism in their homeland. The revelation that at least one of the attackers in the Paris ISIS massacre managed to enter France by embedding himself with Syrian refugees through Greece has not changed his mind, and wants the U.S. to follow the example of other nations.
“When President Hollande of France announced that his country would receive 30,000 refugees after this attack.” Durbin said on the Senate floor, “he made it clear that he would not hold those innocent, helpless refugees accountable for the terrible misdeeds of these terrorists. When the nation of Canada said that they would accept thousands of refugees even after the Paris attack, they showed the wisdom and good sense to differentiate those helpless victims of terrorism around the world, who are seeking refuge on our shores, from those who perpetrated these terrorist acts.”
Video of Durbin’s full address is included, but he’s flying against considerable political head winds when it comes to the issue. Some Democrats have joined with Republicans in Congress who say that in light of the terror attacks, a ‘pause’ in allowing Syrians to immigrate to the U.S. is a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach.
Dozens of Governors have also publicly stated they do not want Syrian refugees at this time, believing there is no way the U.S. government could properly vet out ISIS infiltrators.
President Obama disagrees, saying there is an extensive vetting process, and renewing his call to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the U.S., a figure Sen. Durbin has said in the past is too low.