The Syrian Refugee Crisis : America 's Dilemma

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: America’s Dilemma

The Syrian Refugee Crisis is one of the worst humanitarian movement since WWII. Since 2011, over 11 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to the civil war that erupted over changes in the government (Fantz). As more refugees leave the country in search of safety, acceptance, and opportunity, pressure is put on the world powers to accept Syrian Refugees into their countries. Europe has received an onslaught of refugees, and now all eyes fall on America. Pressure is building on the U.S. to accept Syrian Refugees, however, with the rise of ISIS, many Americans have become more hesitant to let them in.

The first refugee law passed by Congress in the United States, was the Displaced Persons Act of 1948 (History). This act gave permanent residents and employment to European Refugees after WWII (Hinojosa). Originally, this act was supposed to take in 200,000 people over the course of two years, however the plan was renewed for another two years, and in end 415,000 European Immigrants were given refugees in America under the act (Boyd). Later, in the 1970’s Congress passed a bill that authorized the Resettlement Program. This program was established to help find homes for over 3 million people fleeing war or persecution. Recently, the House of Representative passed a bill that would add supplementary security measures before allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country (Kelly). Obama planned to let…

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