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Letter: US is at risk if Syrian refugees bring terrorism to our homeland
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By now, everyone has seen the horrifying news out of Paris last week, with 129 killed and 350 wounded in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever. The Muslim terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility. Where will ISIS strike next? Maybe right here in our beloved town.

President Barack Obama announced the United States would take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees starting Oct. 1. The overall number is expected to reach over 100,000 before it’s over.

Of the 500 refugees taken in so far this year, 90 percent are Muslims from a war-torn country ripped apart by Muslim terrorists belonging to either ISIS or al-Qaida. CNN reports at least one of the killers in Paris had just entered France as one of the Syrian refugees.

So let’s get this straight. Syria is an ISIS stronghold. The terrorist group has publicly promised to use the migrant crisis to sneak its members into Western countries, including the U.S., as part of its plan to destroy Western civilization. And were going to bring 10,000 prospective terrorists into our country?

Let’s say 90 percent of these refugees are good people. Flat broke, with no jobs and homeless, but good people. That leaves 1,000 prospective terrorists out of 10,000. It took two jihadist terrorists living in the U.S. to set off the Boston Marathon bombs. Will one of these refugees blow himself up on a bus, decide to shoot up a day care center or fly a plane into a building? Or build a bomb and set it off on an airliner, as happened last week in Egypt, killing 200 people?

And how are these refugees going to support themselves? According to Office of Refugee Resettlement data highlighted by the immigration subcommittee staff of Sen. Jeff Sessions, in fiscal year 2013, 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees (accepted to the U.S. between 2008-2013) received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare. How are cash-strapped American cities and counties going to afford that?

Magazine stories say the government has selected 190 different American towns and cities to house the refugees. The list is available online.

This is an outrage. Americans need to contact their representatives in Congress and say this country should not take in any refugees from Syria. Zero.

Can you imagine the future of America if ISIS gains a foothold here? Do we want to see our friends and neighbors gunned down like the people of Paris? Do we want to see American women forced into barbaric slavery at the hands of these terrorists?

We’re in a war that apparently is going to last forever with an enemy that wants to cut the heads off our children and enslave us. They seem to be winning. Let’s not make it easy on them.

Our politicians need to earn their salaries for a change and stop this absurd plan before America winds up becoming another Syria.

Steve Whitmire
Sautee Nacoochee

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