Speaking to the press on Monday, President Obama insisted that bringing in the Syrian refugees would continue and that any refusal to admit them into the U.S. would be “a betrayal of our values.” Based on our history, Obama is lying. However, allowing refugees into the country is not an easy yes or no decision. Especially when one considers that the U.S.’s refusal to take in Jewish refugees during the Holocaust increased the death toll by hundreds of thousands. But in the end refusing to allow the Syrian refugees into the country is a different situation and we must keep them out for our children’s safety.
Generally when we’ve accepted refuges into the United States it has been after the war was over for example Vietnam U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended on 15 August 1973, but refugees from Vietnam did not come to the U.S. until after the fall of Saigon in April 1995:
Vietnamese migration to the United States has occurred in three waves, the first beginning in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War, when the fall of Saigon led to the U.S.-sponsored evacuation of approximately 125,000 Vietnamese refugees. This first wave consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, educated professionals whose association with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government made them targets of the communist forces.
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