The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
A series of coordinated terrorist attack that occurred in Paris on the evening of November 13, 2015 have caused a tremendous concern in the United States. Terrorists struck different places such as cafes, restaurants and a music venue in Paris. Those shootings and bombings killed a total of 130 innocent people and 368 injuries. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant accepted responsibility for the attacks by saying that it was for the retaliation for the French airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. As right now, France are attacking Syria by sending air strikers to the country. President Obama came out with a solution plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, which is causing a huge controversy. The United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation in order to suspend Obamas program to refugee Syrians into this country. This does not mean that they are ignoring the issue that is happening in Syria or that they simply do not want to help. The Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to protect their own country while finding better ideas to support Syria.
Many Americans see the United States historically as welcoming to immigrants; however accepting refugees from Syria has created concerns for many North Americans. Some Republicans mentioned that some refugees could be militant bent on attacking the United States and that is also a concern that many people have regarding Obamas program. This issue led Americans to think whether admitting Syrian refugees would put Americans at risk or not. Republican representative Lamar Smith of Texas said, Terrorist organizations have already said they are going to use the refugee program to try to infiltrate the United States. Unfortunately, it is clear that bringing refugees could be a threat for the United States of America and civilians. House Speaker Paul Ryan recommended a pause in admitting refugees from Syria because its better to be safe than sorry. Based on a survey, fifty-three percent of U.S. adults say that the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, twenty-eight percent would keep the program, while eleven percent say that only Christians should be accepted.
Another option was placed on the table in order to support Syrians since President Obamas strategy was not very convincing for many Americans. The plan is to send 10,000 American troops to the Islamic States to defeat ISIS. Republicans believe that with a broader diplomatic and military strategy could stop the flow of foreign fighters. This option has also been a controversy for many Americans and brings two options without a decision. Even though providing military troops to Islamic States is an option, President Obama is opposed to it. Based on a survey in whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria, sixty-four percent of Republicans support it, and fifty-nine percent of Democrats oppose the idea. Other Americans argue that the United States should focus to protect their own country and citizens.
Joel Urzua is currently a fifth year student pursuing a political science and Spanish degree at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. He enjoys advocating for former foster youth, traveling and hanging out with friends.