Paul’s introducing a bill to temporarily halt visas for high risk refugees.
The aim of this bill is to halt immigration for people the U.S. would consider high risk refugees based upon their country of origin. While liberals might denounce this measure as draconian, Paul is quick to point out the flawed thinking that has allowed immigration to not only continue but expand.
“The interesting thing about this is people are talking about world-wide war to stop this and you would think the first thing you would do is stop people from coming to our country.” (Breitbart)
Therein lies the central issue. We spend American lives and American money fighting half a planet away to defend ourselves from an enemy. Yet, we allow people from the war-zone easy access to immigration. Terrorism, at its root, is asymmetrical warfare. Our enemy is adept at hiding amongst innocents and striking by surprise. The thought that they will not take advantage of an open immigration policy to slip into the U.S. is insane.
Paul has been accused of being an isolationist before. Yet, no one is going to argue his cool logic on the Syrian crisis. Instead of investing more time and resources into an enemy abroad, his priority is shoring up our country domestically to help prevent future terror attacks. That’s not isolationist, that’s just good common sense.
As reported by the Huffington Post, Paul’s bill would, “set a 30-day waiting period for refugees traveling from countries in the U.S. visa waiver program, while those individuals underwent additional background checks. The bill would be paid for with a tax on armed sales to any of the 30 countries with jihadist movements.”
Notice the fact the bill is paid for? Yes, that’s how we know it is from Paul. As is his trademark, Paul bills tend to come with their own built in funding. The funding will come from the very countries which make the bill necessary. Paul perhaps sums up his stance best with:
“I think that the best way to defend the country from attackers — attackers that really don’t have an army but would come here as individuals — is to make sure we try to prevent their access into our country.” (The Daily Caller)
Unfortunately, President Obama seems to disagree. On Monday, he stated he intends to go ahead with plans to let another 10,000 high risk refugees from Syria into the country. This has forced dozens of governors to try and stop the influx of refugees at the state level. This continuing immigration after the Paris attacks belies common sense.
Paul thinks American security starts at our borders. Stemming the flow of high risk refugees is only smart policy and necessary to defend ourselves. Do you agree? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter. Better yet, follow us on Facebook to track the current issues facing our country.
Written by Mark Davis
(Photo courtesy of Howard Lake, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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