Fear Of Refugees Essay

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Fearing Refugees
Fear mongering, the action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue.
Currently, Syria is in the middle of a civil war. Many innocent civilians are being bombed on and shot at by their own government. They are fleeing their homes in hopes of a safe future. But because of fearmongering, many of these people are turned away at the gates of countries that can support them and provide a safe future for their children.
The main fear the media has imposed is that terrorists will disguise themselves as refugees and go to western countries. This seems like a reasonable argument. Why endanger our own people by bringing over foreigners? However, Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, found “little
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By turning away middle eastern citizens of our country, when they are in need of us most, fuels the “extremist propaganda that portray the West as a violent and oppressive enemy of Muslims,” (Dearden) according to Lizzie Dearden of Independent news in the UK.
Zero Americans have been killed by Syrian refugees in a terrorist attack in the United States, (Friedman).
The fear of terrorism in the United States is so great that we have now started to fear Muslims in our own country. Due to a popular quote, “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” (Kilmeade) many people now believe that if a person of the Islamic faith commits a crime it is in the name of terrorism. However, if a Christian commits a crime no one assumes that he is committing an act in the name of the KKK.
This same idea has appeared in America before. In WWII, we feared our own Japanese citizens so much that we forced them into internment camps. As Americans, we can admit that what we did was wrong and irrational. So why can’t we say the same for our irrational fear of Muslims and our own Middle eastern citizens in the United
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