Melanie Nathan, November 22, 2015.
A discriminatory bill that purports to expand background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States has moved quickly through congressional procedures. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act, received a House vote on November 19, just two days after it was introduced. The vote succeeded 289-137 with almost all Republicans and 47 turncoat Democrats voting in favor. President Barack Obama has said he would veto the bill if it also passes the Senate. This Bill is anything but SAFE! Its is nothing but a political red herring that hurts more than just our reputation as a freedom loving country.
When Democrats turn and vote the way the 47 did, we can be assured that we either have a lot of very ignorant representatives in Congress, or a bunch of religious bigots, aiding and abetting the Republicans to ensure that we are no longer a country at the helm of humanitarian deeds, but rather a country gripped by fear and knee jerk political reactivity.
Millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have been forced out of their homes as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and militarization by the Islamic State (ISIS). Many of these refugees hope to find sanctuary in the United States and European countries. Under existing law, the United States vets