Rebuttal Essay Final Draft
7 May 2018
America’s Role on the Refugee Crisis
The displacement of persons from all over the globe has led major political figures to either welcome refugees with open arms or tighten the borders to protect a country from national threat. The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) continues its agenda to, “project the extent of possible participation of the United States in resettling refugees” (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2016). However, President Trump’s campaign has been focused on prioritizing the needs of the American people before extending a helping hand to those outside of the country. This, in turn, could affect the range of capabilities the USRAP can render to foreigners. One of the ways his administration attempts to achieve this goal is by lowering the refugee admission ceiling for the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY) by 45,000 (Davis and Jordan, 2017), dipping into a new historical low since Reagan’s presidency. Individuals like Katy Long, the author of the 2015 article “Why America Could—and Should—Admit More Syrian Refugees” provides an extensive coverage of the issue, hoping it would persuade her readers and perhaps political leaders that an isolationist view is not the sensible path the US should embark on regarding the current migrant crisis.
Long dedicates a part of her article to discuss the vetting measures that refugees are obligated to undergo if they wish to enter the United States. The author mentions some of the federal agencies involved such as the FBI, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to ensure her audience that every refugee who passes the requirements is as safe as they could get. Long connects the strict security measures to the 9/11 attack which have greatly affected the rules of travel and both the immigration and refugee policies as a part of its aftermath. Because of this, the author now believes that the “USRAP is extremely unlikely to be the target of extremist infiltration” (Long, 2015). This optimist view signifies that the appropriate revisions post 9/11 have certainly kept the American people safe. However, just like the past regulations were working up to the catastrophic event, Long must understand that there should always be room for adjustments especially during a time where an influx of displaced individuals want to set foot in the country. According to President Trump (2017), “more than 300 persons who entered the United States as refugees are currently the subjects of counterterrorism investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” Thus the Trump administration views it to be vindicated to modify the courses of action in placed wherever they feel like it is necessary to do. These circumstances certainly apply in the present-day where terrorists could potentially exploit the already-devastating refugee crisis for their own personal interests.
Long claims that the problem is also...