Open­ing bor­ders not in U.S.’ in­ter­est

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ED MUL­VANEY JR. An­nis­ton, Alabama

Amer­ica has al­ways been a refuge for op­pressed peo­ple. We will­ingly open our doors to those who want the op­por­tu­nity to live peace­fully in a coun­try where free­dom is val­ued.

To­day, how­ever, a new type of refugee has emerged from Syria and other war-torn coun­tries in the Mid­dle East. Th­ese are not the typ­i­cal refugee fam­i­lies, but in many cases con­sist of young, ag­gres­sive males who are prov­ing to be a detri­ment to the Euro­pean coun­tries (such as Ger­many and England) that al­low them to en­ter. In fact, al­le­ga­tions of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in refugee camps al­ready are emerg­ing, with re­ports of ri­ot­ing, as­saults and even rape.

We are at war with Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ists. And while there may be many of the Mus­lim faith who wish us no harm, as in the case of the Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans in­terned dur­ing World War II, it is im­pos­si­ble to rea­son­ably sep­a­rate peace-lov­ing refugees from wolves in sheep’s cloth­ing. There­fore, to open our bor­ders to th­ese refugees is not in the best in­ter­est of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

Pres­i­dent Obama took an oath to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion. He would do well to re­mem­ber the pur­pose es­tab­lished in that great doc­u­ment, which is “in or­der to form a more per­fect Union, es­tab­lish Jus­tice, in­sure do­mes­tic se­cu­rity, pro­vide for the com­mon de­fense ... ” Mr. Obama, ex­tend­ing grace to po­ten­tial ter­ror­ists is fool­ish.

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