Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban – By Sam Farah

Sam Farah

Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban
By Sam Farah
For Syria Comment – March 16, 2017

  1. The Travel Ban of Syrian Refugees Fleeing the War in Syria is Inhumane

The situation in Syria is “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” That’s according to António Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Syrian civilians are caught in a regional and geopolitical war involving super powers including Russia, the U.S., China, France, and Britain, as well as regional countries including Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, all of whom support different rebel and military factions fighting in Syria; many have military personnel directly involved in the war.  According to the World Food Program, before the conflict, Syria was a middle-income country; today 4/5 of Syrians live in poverty and struggle to put food on the table. Millions have fled the conflict and become refugees in search of safety shelter and food.

  1. The Ban on Syrian Refugees Does not Help Protect America from Terrorism
  1. None of the terrorists implicated in the September 11 attack in NYC were from Syria and not one Syrian has been implicated or involved in any terrorist attacks in the U.S. or in Europe since then.
  2. Almost 30,000 foreign fighters are believed to be in Syria and Iraq, according to the head of the United Nation’s counter terrorism committee. Around 3,000 are from Europe including places like France, Belgium, England, Germany and Sweden, and another 10,000 from Arab Countries like Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia. The foreign fighters joining the terrorist groups fighting in Syria are from at least 86 countries  including sereval thousands Uighurs from the province of  Xinjiang in China. None of those terrorists carry a Syrian Passport and none will be subject to President Trump’s travel ban.
  1. Syrian Americans are Part of the American Fabric

Syrians have been emigrating to the U.S. since the late 1800s. Steve Job’s father was a Syrian immigrant, as was Jerry Seinfeld’s maternal grandmother. They are actors like Terri Hatcher, and F Murray Abraham, professional athletes like Johnny Manziel, and presidents of universities such as Mitch Daniels, the current president of Purdue University. Lower Manhattan was home to Little Syria, a vibrant neighborhood that was established in the late 1800s and was finally erased to make room to build the Holland tunnel. According to Wikipedia: “Syrian Americans, including the earliest immigrants, have always placed a high premium on education. Like many other Americans, Syrian Americans view education as a necessity. Generally, Syrian and other Arab Americans are more highly educated than the average American. In the 2000 census it was reported that the proportion of Syrian Americans to achieve a bachelor’s degree or higher is one and a half times that of the total American population.”


Comments (3)

Eugene said:

Another post about the horrors of war, that the perpetrators knowingly/or unknowingly, visited upon another MENA country, wanting to change the geography for greedy reasons, the people be damned. Using the “change the dictator meme” on the countries involved, while letting others remain because they are allies, is criminal. There’s nothing to stop the mindset behind this continuing catastrophe, or at least doesn’t appear so in the immediate future. I wonder, for all the money spent on making war, has it been worth the price, especially when one considers the return on said expenditure?

March 17th, 2017, 5:52 am


Mjabali said:

Americans of Syrian descent should make their voice be heard.

They have done nothing but great things in America since they came here.

Missing from the list above is Kelly Slater 11 times world Surfing Champion…An American hero with Syrian-Irish heritage…his great grand father is Syrian….

March 17th, 2017, 10:24 am


Aleskander said:

Thanks Sam,
the events and leaders in this crisis defy logic and jump over humanistic considerations for a myopic short term goals, or maybe not? to a shredded Syria ?
From despair the impossible hope rises, and the flame of liberty guides humans who have no hope to a life of dignity and creativity, a country like no other
That cares only for your contribution , hard work and unbelievable talents.

March 19th, 2017, 5:10 am


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