I could write a dozen or so different columns related to refugee issues.
So I’ll just give what the main points of some of them would be.
•It’s really difficult for refugees to get in the U.S.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has to grant official refugee status — which it only does for about 1 percent of all refugees. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security interview them. Refugees’ information and documents are cross-referenced with all the information U.S. intelligence has.
This, like many federal government processes, takes a long time. I haven’t seen any estimates of less than a year, and most have been longer.
Is there an outside chance a terrorist could get into the country this way? Yes, but it’s not their easiest or quickest option.
•Governors can’t block refugees from coming to their state.
I’m sure most of the ones advocating that are aware of the limits on their power.
Acting like they can do something they can’t looks to me like an irresponsible attempt to gain points with constituents who want — and may actually believe it’s possible to have — refugees blocked from their state.
•The way some inconsistently make generalizations about Islam — but not Christianity — based on the actions of a few followers is odd, irresponsible and ignorant.
When a Muslim extremist blows himself up, he represents Islam no more than a Christian guy shooting up a school represents Christianity.
Still, folks like Donald Trump advocate heavy surveillance of mosques and Muslims. No one thinks the same is necessary for churches and Christians.
•No, the argument that Islam is a violent religion doesn’t justify that, because it’s not true.
If researching the Quran to understand this is too difficult and unpleasant a task, just consider the numbers. There are 1.6 billion or so Muslims in the world. If they were all violent, we’d know, and the world would be in much, much worse shape.
Christianity isn’t a violent religion either. But don’t forget episodes like the Crusades and the Protestant and Catholic business in Northern Ireland.
Whoever is without sin can throw the first stone, and all that.
•It’s important that we don’t get so caught up in fear that we severely mistreat people.
Tennessee State Rep. Glen Casada, a Republican, would like to round up Syrian refugees who are already in the country and take them back to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for — well, the same thing they already went through in that year-plus process to get here.
Trump didn’t endorse, but also wouldn’t rule out, the idea of Muslims carrying an ID card and being entered in a database.
When has rounding people up and giving them mandatory religion-based identification ever been a good idea?
As always, it’s important to research information, get the actual facts and not circulate false statements.